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Paper: The Uccle Direct Astronomical Plate Archive Centre UDAPAC---A New International Facility for Inherited Observations
Volume: 238, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems X
Page: 125
Authors: de Cuyper, J.-P.; Elst, E.; Hensberge, H.; Lampens, P.; Pauwels, T.; van Dessel, E.; Brosch, N.; Hudec, R.; Kroll, P.; Tsvetkov, M.
Abstract: An international facility to store, catalogue and digitise photographic plates is under development at the Royal Observatory of Belgium in Uccle-Brussels. The creation of such a facility requires a well-organized effort and substantial resources. However, the cost is not exorbitantly high if one takes advantage of the new generation of commercial, photogrammetric, flatbed scanners, which use the latest CCD technology. These scanners are relatively inexpensive, very fast, and comparable to dedicated scanners like PDS instruments in geometric and radiometric precision.
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