The Point Spread Function Variations inside Wide-field Astonomical Images

Elena Anisimova, Jan Bednář, Petr Páta


The Point Spread Function (PSF) of the astronomical imaging system is usually approximated by a Gaussian or Moffat function. For simplification, the astronomical imaging system is considered to be time and space invariant. This means that invariable PSF within an exposed image is assumed. If real wide-field imaging systems are considered, this presumption is not fulfilled. In real systems, stronger optical aberrations are expected (especially coma) at greater distances from the center of the captured image. This impacts the efficiency of stellar astrometry and photometry algorithms, so it is necessary to know the PSF variation. In this paper, we perform the first step toward assigning PSF changes: we study the dependence of the Moffat function fitting parameters (FWHM and the atmospheric scattering coefficient ) on the position of a stellar object.


astronomy; wide-field imaging; wavelet transform; a trous; fitting

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ISSN 1210-2709 (Print)
ISSN 1805-2363 (Online)
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