Take another look at the query you used to get your first 1,000 quasars:
select top 1000 objid, modelmag_u, modelmag_g, modelmag_r, modelmag_i, modelmag_z,z from SpecPhoto where class='QSO'
The query you used limits the objects it returns by applying one “constraint” – the query returns only objects with zconf > .35. Zconf is a measure of the statistical confidence level in the redshift measurement. The query only returns quasars for which we are more than 35% certain that the measured redshift is correct.
Try modifying the query. A couple of ideas would be to change or eliminate the confidence level zconf, or to add a statement in the “where” clause to search for quasars less than a certain magnitude (such as u < 20). Or you could try searching for various lines in the quasars’ spectra.
To learn more about how to work with SQL, see SkyServer’s Searching for Data how-to tutorial.
When you are dealing with a large database such as the SDSS, you need to use tools such as the SQL Search tool to find the data you want.
Think of a question about quasars that you want to answer, and modify the query to get the data that will let you answer that question. Analyze the data using a spreadsheet, then draw conclusions about the quasars. When you finish your analysis, E-mail us your queries, your results, and your conclusions. We’ll look over all the results we receive, and we’ll put the best of them up on this web site!