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 sky north of a declination of -30 degrees at a frequency of 74 MHz. This is the interface to the catalog from a re-reduction of the survey data (VLSSr), with maps at a resolution of 75 asec and a limiting peak source brightness of about 450 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.


If you make use of VLSSr data in your work, please reference: 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

Redux Overview

The VLSSr represents a major improvement over the original VLSS over most of the sky. By using the VLSS as a sky model we were able to better calibrate the ionosphere and image more data, leaving no "holes" in the primary coverage area and improving image dynamic range in most cases. Improved flagging excision techniques allowed us to keep the shortest baselines, increasing the theoretical largest angular scale in the catalog to 36'. An improved primary beam model was applied to correct substantial radially dependent flux errors present in the VLSS. Smart-windowing techniques applied during the cleaning process reduced the point source clean bias by 50% compared to the VLSS. The measured clean bias of 0.66 times the local rms has been corrected in the VLSSr catalog. The VLSSr data are scaled in flux to the Roger, Costain and Bridle (1973 AJ 78 130) flux scale, using the source models in Scaife and Heald (2012 MNRAS 423 30). The VLSSr maps were multiplied by 1.14 to put them onto this scale. The catalog includes 95,000 sources, of which 5% do not have NVSS counterparts. 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 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 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

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The VLSS survey was carried out by the NRAO and the Naval Research Lab.
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