Calibrating astrometric data

After averaging the point data, we should pay attention first to the astrometry, i.e. the quality of the delay data and the station coordinates. The latter should be updated so that the uv-coordinates have the best estimates possible. Plot FDL_O-C, that is the observed minus calculated FDL delays, versus time. Select the second and third input beams. The delay on the first one is identical to zero by definition, because the positions are always referenced to the delay line number 1. (The reference station can actually be changed in the Calibrate|Astrometry|SOLVE menu. In this context, remember that typically 'Delay' means a quantity referenced to a reference station, whereas 'Pos' means the absolute position. The only exception to this rule are the metrology delay corrections, but if you work with those, you are probably a master in using OYSTER at this stage!) Expect to see residuals initally on the order of tens of thousands of microns, since we have the baseline coordinates in the system configuration file not very up-to-date. To improve the residuals, select the SOLVE widget and click on Solve. All parameters are set to reasonable defaults, i.e. asking for station coordinate solutions, and not star position solutions (even though that can be done too).

This figure shows the residual delays for station 2 after solving for station coordinates, using the widget displayed in the lower right of the figure. A similar plot for station 3 is not shown, but should be checked too.

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