The VLA Low-Frequency Sky Survey Redux (VLSSr)

VLSS-Redux Source Catalog Browser

The National Radio Astronomy Obseratory (NRAO) and the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) used the NRAO Very Large Array to survey the entire sky north of a declination of -30 degrees at a frequency of 74 MHz.

This is the interface to the catalog of ~93,000 sources from a re-reduction of the survey data (VLSSr), with maps at a resolution of 75" and a limiting peak source brightness of about 500 mJy/beam. Final sky coverage of the catalog and images is complete above -10 degrees declination, and extends down to -30 degrees declination at most RAs. In some areas data is available down to declinations of -36 degrees.

A mirror of the original VLSS site (not VLSSR) is maintained by the University of Cambridge.

Redux Overview

The VLSSr represents a major improvement to the original VLSS over most of the sky. It includes six previously unpublished fields, and improved dynamic range in 95% of all fields. The clean bias has been halved and is now 0.66 times the local RMS. The largest angular size imaged has been roughly doubled to 36', and the number of cataloged sources is increased by 35% to 94,000.

An improved primary beam model was applied to correct substantial radially dependent flux errors present in the VLSS.

The VLSSr maps and catalog use the Roger, Costain and Bridle (1973 AJ 78 130) flux scale, based on the source models presented in Scaife and Heald (2012 MNRAS 423 30).


If you make use of VLSSr data in your work, please reference this paper:
Lane, W. M., Cotton, W. D., Helmboldt , J. and Kassim, N. E. 2012 "VLSS Redux: Software Improvements applied to the Very Large Array Low-frequency Sky Survey", Radio Science v. 47, RS0K04

For detailed general instructions click here or for more about a form entry click on its label.

Minimum peak flux density (Jy):

Single position to search

Object name [optional]:
Central Right Ascension:
Central declination:
(Note: be sure to include seconds in position.)
Search radius and verification halfwidth in arcseconds [Optional]:
(Note: there is a limit of 50 pages.)

List of positions to search

Enter a list of positions to search:
Each line should have, in order, RA (hh mm ss.s), Dec (dd mm ss.s), an optional search radius in arcseconds (default 15"), an optional verification halfwidth (no default), and an optional field label. For example:
12 34 56.78 -00 12 34.5 15 720 My Star

Other Products

Entire 17 x 17 deg fields can be obtained here or through a simplified form interface. The entire source catalog as a FITS binary table and software is available here. (Reminder: shift-click will generally force your browser to save the requested image to a file rather than displaying it in a text window.) A postage stamp server is also available to obtain FITS images, jpeg or contour plots of smaller regions. Ionospheric climatology using the VLSSr is described here.

Original VLSS

The original survey reduction products (VLSS) can be obtained here. The original survey (VLSS) is documented in: Cohen, A. S., Lane, W. M., Cotton, W. D., Kassim, N. E., Lazio, T. J., Perley, R. A. Condon, J., Erickson, W. C. 2006. "The VLA Low Frequency Sky Survey: Methods and Preliminary Results", 2007, AJ, 134, 1245-1262

Other Sources of Catalogs from Sky Surveys

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Modified on Thursday, 19-Apr-2018 15:25:22 EDT