In this, the first in a series of three papers concerning the
SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey (SSS), we give an introduction and user guide to
the survey programme. We briefly describe other wide-field surveys and
compare them with our own. We give examples of the data, and make a
comparison of the accuracies of the various image parameters available
with those from the other surveys providing similar data; we show that
the SSS data base and interface offer advantages over these surveys.
Some science applications of the data are also described and some
limitations discussed. The series of three papers constitutes a
comprehensive description and user guide for the SSS.
- astronomical data bases: miscellaneous
- stars: general
- galaxies: general
- cosmology: observations