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- Check that object with position RA and dec is within circle of radius R (in arcminute) ?

In celestial coordinate system (right ascension/declination), how to check if an object with position RA and dec is within a given circular field of view of radius R (in arcminutes) and centred at (0,0)?

R is small in this case so I assumed that I could compute the distance d of the object from the center as in cartesian coordinates: d = (RA^2+dec^2)^0.5 and check that d is less than R. Is that correct (at least for small angular separation) ?

Thanks !

R is small in this case so I assumed that I could compute the distance d of the object from the center as in cartesian coordinates: d = (RA^2+dec^2)^0.5 and check that d is less than R. Is that correct (at least for small angular separation) ?

Thanks !