Star Catalogues and Their Significance to Geodesy of the 1980's.
Air Force surveys in geophysics,
AIR FORCE GEOPHYSICS LAB HANSCOM AFB MASS
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Star catalogues are important tools for the geodesist in the determination of astronomic position and azimuth. Fundamental general catalogues contain the most accurate stellar positions and proper motions. Like other users, the geodesist depends on astrometrists for the discussion and development of fundamental general catalogues. The internationally accepted FK4 is the best contemporary fundamental general catalogue. An expanded and improved revision, the FK5, is planned for completion by 1980. Because of increasing accuracy requirements for astronomic position and azimuth, it is desirable that the geodesist be aware of uncertainties contained within catalogues. The general development of star catalogues is included as background information. Author