SAXAO - BeppoSAX Approved Pointings
The SAXAO database contains the list of the all accepted AO1/AO2/AO3/A04/AO5
SAX CORE and GO program proposals, approved for the first year of operations.
The database also includes targets scheduled for the Science Verification
Phase (SVP) (from launch, 30 April 1996, till August 1996). The CORE program
includes proposals led by Principal Investigator belonging to Italian or
Dutch institutions, to the Space Science Department of ESA or to the Max
Planck Institute for Extraterrestial Physics in Garching. Approximately 80
percent of the first year observing time is allocated to the CORE program.
The remaining 20 percent of time for the first year operations is reserved
for the GO program. For the AO2 60 percent is allocated to the the CORE
program and 40 percent to the GO. For the AO3 and AO4 50 percent is allocated
to the the CORE program and 50 percent to the GO. More information on the SAX
mission is available at the following address http://www.asdc.asi.it and also
The single data product associated with the entries in this table is an ASCII
file that contains the proposal abstract.
The proposal abstracts for AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4 and AO5 are available via
anonymous FTP at ftp://legacy.gsfc.nasa.gov/sax/abstracts/ao/. Note that
abstracts are not all available for SVP observations.
The AO number.
The proposal number.
If the observation belongs to the hardware groups.
The priority of the observation. Priority values are A and B.
Priority A proposals not done during the first year will be carried
over in the AO2. Priority B proposals have 50 % chance to be carried out.
If not done in AO1, the B priority targets will not be scheduled
in the AO2. The same rule is valid for AO2/AO3/AO4/AO5.
The name of the principal investigator.
The institute of the principal investgator.
The country of the principal investigator.
The title of the proposal.
The proposal category which is defined as follows:
1=stars, 2=compact galactic, 3=snr, 4=normal galaxies, 5=AGN, 6=cluster of
If target approved are for the Core Program (CP), Guest Observers
program (GOP), or the Science Verification Phase (SVP).
Two types of proposal are available: TOO and STANDARD.
The proposal classification. The avaliable classes are: stars, compact galactic,
snr, normal galaxies, AGN, cluster of galaxies, other
The requested Right Ascension pointing position as given in the proposal.
The requested Declination pointing position as given in the proposal.
The requested Galactic longitude.
The requested Galactic latitude.
The designation of the target as supplied by the PI.
The total approved exposure time in seconds. A number of the TOO proposals
have been merged and therefore the exposure time associated with a given TOO
pointing may not refer to the original proposal.
Sequence number of the observation.
Proposal file name
The Browse object classification. For this database the class field has been
populated using the value in the PROPOSAL_CLASS field.
Questions regarding the SAXAO database table can be addressed to the
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