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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 134, 287-300

The EXOSAT medium-energy slew survey catalog[*]

A.P. Reynolds - A.N. Parmar - P.J. Hakala - A.M.T. Pollock - O.R. Williams - A. Peacock - B.G. Taylor

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Astrophysics Division, Space Science Department of ESA, ESTEC, P.O. Box 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Received March 17; accepted July 16, 1998


We present a catalog of X-ray sources observed during slew maneuvers by the Medium Energy Detector Array onboard the EXOSAT Observatory. The EXOSAT Medium Energy slew-survey catalog (EXMS) provides a unique record of the 1-8 keV X-ray sky between 1983 and 1986. 98% of the sky was observed, with 85% receiving an exposure of >60 s. 1210 sources were detected. By comparing these source positions with other catalogs, identifications are given for 992 detections (82% of the sample). These identifications consist of 250 distinct objects, including 95 different X-ray binary systems, and 14 different AGN. A further 58 detections have multiple candidates, while 160 detections remain unidentified. Collimator transmission corrected 1-8 keV count rates are given for the identified sources, together with raw count rates for the other detections. The construction of the EXMS and the checks performed to ensure the validity of the derived source properties are discussed. A publically available version of this catalog is maintained on the EXOSAT database and archive system (telnet://

Key words: astronomical data bases: miscellaneous -- catalogs -- X-rays: general

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