The BeppoSAX on-board clock consists of a quartz oscillator, whose frequency little depends on the temperature; this fact is responsible for a little drift, giving origin to a systematical timing error of 1 s every s. This potential source of error makes the synchronization of the on-board clock with the Ground Station time at every passage necessary.
In order to account for this, the S/W maintaining the GRBM archive and developed by the author, performs the OBT-UT conversion with a least square linear fit between all the couples belonging to the same OP. In fig. an example of this linear fitting procedure is shown; below the coefficients that best fit the OBT-UT relationship with their 1- uncertainties are reported:
The indetermination introduced by this method in estimating the UT is a few s in the worst cases, for the longest OPs ( s, see fig. ).
For each OP, the time boundaries of every Observation are converted into universal times; then, when there are HTR data belonging to some events that triggered the on-board logic, their correspondent trigger times are converted into UT, as well.