Welcome to the home page of the SuperCOSMOS facility.
Funding for the SuperCOSMOS scanning programme has now
ceased, and the machine is being decommissioned. We can no longer service
plate scan requests.
SuperCOSMOS was an advanced plate digitisation facility operated by the Wide
Field Astronomy Unit within the Institute for Astronomy, School of Physics,
University of Edinburgh. SuperCOSMOS concentrated on sky
survey scanning programmes. For BRI broadband sky survey data, please see the
SuperCOSMOS Science Archive (SSA)
SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey (SSS);
for narrow band Halpha and matching broadband R data in the Galactic
plane, see the
SuperCOSMOS Halpha Survey (SHS).
More information concerning the machine, including non-survey plate
scanning and publications resulting from both survey and non-survey
data, is available as follows:
Non-survey data are supplied in a variety of data formats including a
proprietary native binary format; in addition, calibration and other issues
concerning scanned photography can present users with a challenging data
reduction problem. The following technical guides are available to help
users get the most from their non-survey data, as well as giving background
information relevant to all SuperCOSMOS data:
Databases currently accessible on-line:
Additional information is available on:-
Wide Field Astronomy Unit
Institute for Astronomy
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ
Scotland, U.K. Tel: (44)-0131-668-8100
Harvey T. MacGillivray
Last updated:- July 2006 by Nigel Hambly.