Legacy Survey - MzLS

The Mayall z-band Legacy Survey (MzLS) will cover ~5000 degĀ² in the z band to depth of z=23.0.

Current Status

The sixth data release (DR6) includes a portion of MzLS, covering a footprint of ~5300 deg2 with at least one pass in the z band. DR6 contains MzLS images taken prior to December 9, 2017, and it involved a re-processing of all previous DR4 data in addition to the new observations, and supersedes DR4. While the footprint area is about the same as that of BASS, there is not a perfect overlap between the footprints.


The observations are taken with MOSAIC on the Mayall telescope in three passes at each sky location. "Pass 1" is observed in photometric, good-seeing conditions. "Pass 2" and "Pass 3" are observed in progressively worse conditions. This strategy was adopted to ensure a photometric solution across the full survey area. The observing time is adjusted as a function of sky brightness and transparency.

Single exposures reach 5-sigma point source depth of 23.04 (pass 1), 22.95 (pass 2), and 22.85 (pass 3).