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GCN Circular 5449

GRB 060814 - SDSS Pre-Burst Observations
2006-08-15T00:30:17Z (18 years ago)
Richard J. Cool at U.of AZ/Steward Obs <>
Richard J. Cool (Arizona), Daniel J. Eisenstein (Arizona), David W. Hogg
(NYU), Michael R. Blanton (NYU), David J. Schlegel (LBNL), J.  
Brinkmann (APO),
Donald Q. Lamb (Chicago), Donald P. Schneider (PSU), and Daniel E.  
Vanden Berk
(PSU) report:

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) imaged the field of burst GRB060814
prior to the burst.  As these data should be useful as a pre-burst  
and for calibrating photometry, we are supplying the images and  
measurements for this GRB field to the community.

Data from the SDSS, including 5 FITS images, 3 JPGS, and
3 files of photometry and astrometry, are being placed at

We supply FITS images in each of the 5 SDSS bands of a 8'x8' region  
on the GRB position (ra=221.348 (14:45:23.5), dec=20.5830 (20:34:58.8);
Swift-BAT TRIGGER 224552), as well as 3 gri color-composite JPGs (with
different stretches). The units in the FITS images are nanomaggies  
per pixel.
A pixel is 0.396 arcsec on a side. A nanomaggie is a flux-density  
unit equal
to 10^-9 of a magnitude 0 source or, to the extent that SDSS is an AB  
3.631e-6 Jy.  The FITS images have WCS astrometric information.

In the file GRB060814_sdss.calstar.dat, we report photometry and  
of 347 bright stars (r<20.5) within 15' of the burst location.  The  
presented in this file are asinh magnitudes as are standard in the  
SDSS (Lupton
1999, AJ, 118, 1406). Beware that some of these stars are not well- 
in the u-band; use the errors and object flags to monitor data quality.

In the files GRB060814_sdss.objects_flux.dat and
GRB060814_sdss.objects_magnitudes.dat, we report photometry of 1071
objects detected within 6' of the GRB position.  We have removed  
objects and objects with model magnitudes fainter than 23.0 in the r- 
The fluxes listed in GRB060814_sdss.objects_flux.dat are in nanomaggies
while the magnitudes listed in GRB060814_sdss.objects_magnitudes.dat are
asinh magnitudes.

All quantities reported are standard SDSS photometry, meaning that  
they are
very close to AB zeropoints and magnitudes are quoted in asinh  
Photometric zeropoints are known to about 2% rms.  None of the  
is corrected for dust extinction.  The Schlegel, Finkbeiner, and Davis
(1998) predictions for this region are A_U=0.201 mag, A_g=0.148 mag,  
A_r =
0.107 mag, A_i=0.081 mag, and A_z=0.058 mag.

There are currently no objects within 6 arcminutes of the GRB  
position in
the SDSS spectroscopic database.

SDSS astrometry is generally better than 0.1 arcsecond per coordinate.
Users requiring high precision astrometry should take note that the SDSS
astrometric system can differ from other systems such as those used  
in other
notices; we have not checked the offsets in this region.

More detailed information pertaining to our SDSS GRB releases can be  
in our initial data release paper (Cool et al. 2006, astro-ph/0601218).
See the SDSS DR4 documentation for more details: 

These data have been reduced using a slightly different pipeline than  
used for SDSS public data releases.  We cannot guarantee that the  
values here
will exactly match those in the data release in which these data are  
In particular, we expect the photometric calibrations to differ by of  
0.01 mag.

This note may be cited, but please also cite the SDSS data release  
Adelman-McCarthy et al. (2006, ApJS, in press, astro-ph/0507711),  
when using
the data or referring to the technical documentation.
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