The Calibration of the Hubble Space Telescope Kuiper Belt Object Search:Setting the Record Straight

  title={The Calibration of the Hubble Space Telescope Kuiper Belt Object Search:Setting the Record Straight},
  author={Anita L. Cochran and Harold F. Levison and Peter M. Tamblyn and S. Alan Stern and Martin J. Duncan},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  pages={L89 - L93}
The limiting magnitude of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) data set used by Cochran and coworkers in 1995 to detect small objects in the Kuiper belt is reevaluated, and the methods used are described in detail. It is shown, by implanting artificial objects in the original HST images and rereducing the images using our original algorithm, that the limiting magnitude of our images (as defined by the 50% detectability limit) is V=28.4. This value is statistically the same as the value found in the… 

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