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20.4 Cross-matches

20.4.19 ravedr6_join

Convenience table to be used to join RAVE DR6 catalogue with the cross-match results. The table links the external catalogue original source_id (original_ext_source_id) to the corresponding additional numerical identifier (ravedr6_oid).
Both original_ext_source_id and ravedr6_oid are present in the cross-match output tables (ravedr6_best_neighbour and ravedr6_neighbourhood).
However, in case there are suspected duplicates in the external catalogue, different original_ext_source_id will correspond to the same ravedr6_oid. In the cross-match output table only the original_ext_source_id of the source with the best astrometry among the suspected duplicates will be listed.
In practice, users may use the original_ext_source_id in the original catalogue to find the matching source with the best astrometry. Users interested to find all matching suspected duplicates should instead use the ravedr6_oid in the join with the cross-match result tables.
See Chapter 15, for more details on the duplicates in the external catalogues and their treatment in the cross-match computations.

Columns description:

original_ext_source_id : Original External Catalogue source identifier (string)

The unique source identifier in the original external catalogue.

ravedr6_oid : External Catalogue source identifier (int)

The additional numeric source identifier of the external catalogue, increasing with Declination.