Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 133, Number 3, December II 1998
|Page(s)||431 - 436|
|Published online||15 December 1998|
Spatial corrections of ROSAT HRI observations
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.
2 Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, D-14482 Potsdam, Germany
Send offprint request to: D.E. Harris
Accepted: 7 July 1998
X-ray observations with the ROSAT High Resolution Imager (HRI) often have spatial smearing on the order of 10″ (Morse 1994). This degradation of the intrinsic resolution of the instrument (5″) can be attributed to errors in the aspect solution associated with the wobble of the space craft or with the reacquisition of the guide stars. We have developed a set of IRAF/PROS and MIDAS/EXSAS routines to minimize these effects. Our procedure attempts to isolate aspect errors that are repeated through each cycle of the wobble. The method assigns a "wobble phase" to each event based on the 402 second period of the ROSAT wobble. The observation is grouped into a number of phase bins and a centroid is calculated for each sub-image. The corrected HRI event list is reconstructed by adding the sub-images which have been shifted to a common source position. This method has shown ~ reduction of the full width half maximum of an X-ray observation of the radio galaxy 3C 120. Additional examples are presented.
Key words: techniques: image processing / X-rays: general
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