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About XMM-OM

The Newton X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM) was launched in December, 1999 with a projected lifetime of 10 years. Although intended primarily as an X-ray observatory, XMM included a small but powerful optical/UV 30 cm telescope co-aligned with the X-ray telescopes for contemporaneous observations. The modified Ritchey-Chretien telescope is capable of detecting 24th magnitude sources in its 17 arcmin field of view. It provides images in the 160-600nm wave band with 1 arcsec resolution.

MAST is serving a OM Mosaic product that uses a pipeline described by Kuntz et. al. OMCat: Catalog of Serendipitous Sources Detected with the XMM-Newton Optical Monitor PASP, 120:740-758

Please see discussion on Processing of OM Mosaics, excerpted from a draft of the paper.

The links below give more information on the optical detectors used. Users interested in XMM x-ray data should go to the ESA XMM-Newton Science Operations Center