South Galactic Cap u-band Sky Survey (SCUSS): Project overview

Xu Zhou, Xiao Hui Fan, Zhou Fan, Bo Liang He, Lin Hua Jiang, Zhao Ji Jiang, Yi Peng Jing, Michael Lesser, Jun Ma, Jun Dan Nie, Shi Yin Shen, Jia Li Wang, Zhen Yu Wu, Tian Meng Zhang, Zhi Min Zhou, Hu Zou

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The South Galactic Cap u-band Sky Survey (SCUSS) was established in 2009 in order to provide a photometric input catalog for target selection of the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) project. SCUSS is an international cooperative project between National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona, using the 90 inch (2.3m) Bok telescope on Kitt Peak. The telescope is equipped with a prime focus camera that is composed of a mosaic of four 4096 × 4096 CCDs and has a field of view of about 1 deg2. From 2009 to 2013, SCUSS performed a sky survey of an approximately 5000 deg2 field of the South Galactic Cap in u band, including the Galactic anticenter area and the SDSS-IV extended imaging area. The limiting magnitude of SCUSS is deeper than 23 mag (at a signal-to-noise ratio of 5). In this paper, we briefly describe the goals of this project, method of observations and data reduction, and we also introduce current and potential scientific activities related to the SCUSS project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number069
JournalResearch in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2016


  • objects: stars and galaxies
  • observation: sky survey
  • techniques: data reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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