The WISE survey data acquisition strategy, data processing and quality assurance measures were all designed to yield data products of high reliability and fidelity. However, the accelerated schedule of the WISE data releases combined with challenge of validating such a large data set in a limited time, resulted in a number of limitations and problems that persist into the All-Sky Release products.
Supplement sections I.4.a through I.4.d contain descriptions of known features and limitations that pertain to WISE All-Sky Data Release products. Section I.4.a below presents the list of the most important things that you should know about the Release products to make the best use of them in your research. Click on any item in the list to see a more detailed discussion.
Sections I.4.b and I.4.c address essential information concerning the Source Catalog and Image Atlas. Section I.4.d contains Cautionary Notes for users who make use of the Release Ancillary Data products, including the Single-Exposure Source Database and Image Archive, and the Known Solar System Object Possible Candidate Association Table.
You are strongly encouraged to read and familiarize yourself with all of these Cautionary Notes before using the WISE All-Sky Release data products.
Click on the items below to read more detailed descriptions.
Last update: 2012 March 15