Monday, November 29, 2010

Cluster objids and names updated

As we noted before, some of the objids of the BCGs are "shorter" than it should be. This is because part of the DR7 catalogue I was using are from an earlier rerun of the SDSS pipeline (before 1/2009). Although the DR7 is officially released by the end of 2008, some reprocessing was still in progress after 1/2009. Thanks to Brian Yanny who told me that the latest DR7 catalogues all have their final rerun finished and the objids are finalised. Therefore, I updated the BCGs' objids. Note that this only affect a small portion of the BCGs. Also, some spectroscopic redshifts are added to those BCGs after updating the objids.

Per Heinz Andernach's suggestion, I added a "name" column to the cluster catalog. The name is by the convention GMBCG J RA DEC. For the RAs and DECs, I keep both of them to 5 digits.

The new catalogs are ready for downloading from the webpage.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A few updates since the catalog release

I got some feedbacks from the users of GMBCG cluster catalog ever since its public release. Especially, Heinz Andernach has carefully check the catalog and gave back many good suggestions and pointed out several close pair duplicates. Some of the duplicates are due to the input DR7 catalog, where they are just the same object but assigned with different objids. Some others are due to the percolation codes I am using that did not catch the very close pairs. Altogheter, there are 13 such BCGs are "duplicated". I removed them and updates all the catalogs(Fits and ascii). Now, the total # of clusters are 55,424.(The last update is on 11/14/10)