Initial data release of the Kepler-INT survey

S. Greiss, D. Steeghs, B. T. Gaensicke, E. L. Martin, P. J. Groot, M.J. Irwin, E. Gonzalez-Solares, R. Greimel, C. Knigge, R. H. Ostensen, K. Verbeek, J.E. Drew, J. Drake, P. G. Jonker, V. Ripepi, S. Scaringi, J. Southworth, M. Still, Nick Wright, H. FarnhillL. M. van Haaften, S. Shah

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Abstract

This paper describes the first data release of the Kepler-INT Survey (KIS) that covers a 116 deg(2) region of the Cygnus and Lyra constellations. The Kepler field is the target of the most intensive search for transiting planets to date. Despite the fact that the Kepler mission provides superior time-series photometry, with an enormous impact on all areas of stellar variability, its field lacks optical photometry complete to the confusion limit of the Kepler instrument necessary for selecting various classes of targets. For this reason, we follow the observing strategy and data reduction method used in the IPHAS and UVEX galactic plane surveys in order to produce a deep optical survey of the Kepler field. This initial release concerns data taken between 2011 May and August, using the Isaac Newton Telescope on the island of La Palma. Four broadband filters were used, U, g, r, i, as well as one narrowband one, H alpha, reaching down to a 10 sigma limit of similar to 20th mag in the Vega system. Observations covering similar to 50 deg(2), thus about half of the field, passed our quality control thresholds and constitute this first data release. We derive a global photometric calibration by placing the KIS magnitudes as close as possible to the Kepler Input Catalog (KIC) photometry. The initial data release catalog containing around 6 million sources from all the good photometric fields is available for download from the KIS Web site (www.astro.warwick.ac.uk/research/kis/) as well as via MAST (KIS magnitudes can be retrieved using the MAST enhanced target search page http://archive.stsci.edu/kepler/kepler_fov/search.php and also via Casjobs at MAST Web site http://mastweb.stsci.edu/kplrcasjobs/).

Original languageEnglish
Article number24
Number of pages8
JournalThe Astronomical Journal
Volume144
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

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