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The coordinates of LECS and MECS detections obtained in Section 2 have been corrected using equations (1) and (2).

The deviations in RA and Dec between the corrected LECS and MECS positions and the optical positions have then been computed and plotted in Figure 4.

We have also studied the coadded MECS1+MECS2+MECS3  ("MECS") and MECS2+MECS3 ("MECS23") images. The corresponding RA and Dec deviations from optical positions (before and after the coordinate correction) are shown in Figure 5.

From the new radial deviations between corrected NFI X-ray positions and optical ones we obtain the 68% and 90% error radius values reported in Table 2:

Table 2: LECS and MECS 68% and 90% error radius values after correction
    Instrument         68% error radius        90% error radius 
    LECS 12'' 16''
    MECS1 23'' 38''
    MECS2 12'' 18''
    MECS3 13'' 22''


As can be seen, after correction the accuracy of LECS and MECS positions has improved by a factor of 2.

Note that the non uniform distribution of RA and Dec deviations before the correction (see Figure 1) is no longer present.

As already mentioned in Section 3, the larger MECS1 position uncertainties are due to the worse spacecraft attitude data of all BeppoSAX observations performed in the first two years of the mission (May 1996-May 1998).

Figure 4: The deviation in RA and Dec between the corrected X-ray positions (LECS, MECS1, MECS2, MECS3) and optical positions. The short-dashed circle has a radius of 30 arcsec.

Figure 5: RA and Dec deviations from optical values for uncorrected (left) and corrected (right) X-ray positions as obtained from the coadded MECS and MECS23 images. The short-dashed circles have a radius of 30 arc sec.

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