Sent: Friday, August 10, 2001 22:21:07 From: EdHiker@mediaone.net (Ed Johnson) STAR CATALOGS, DATABASES, and LISTS This started when I looked for a listing of stars by name, about 300 names. Of more than 4000 catalogs, no good result. My ideal list will have, in sortable fields(Excel): 1- Common Name 2- SAO number 3- HR number 4- Bayer/Flamsteed designations. 5- RA 6- DEC 7- Magnitude 8- Spectral class 9- Notes, (Dbl, Var, etc.) The list should print on about four pages. Some interesting star lists were found... USNO-A2.0 contains entries for over a half billion stars (526,230,881, to be exact!) For the entire northern sky, and to declinations of -30. 6.6 GBytes of data. http://ftp.nofs.navy.mil/projects/pmm/catalogs.html List of Catalogs on the "Selected Astronomical Catalogs" adc.gsfc.nasa.gov/adc/cdrom1_lis.html Astronomical Data Center (ADC) CATALOG VIEWER The Catalog Viewer allows the user to browse and visualize the ADC catalogs or journal tables. adc.gsfc.nasa.gov/viewer/ The Strasbourg astronomical Data Center (CDS) collects and distributes astronomical data catalogues. 4050 Catalogues available from CDS ... of which 3428 are available on-line (full ASCII or FITS files) of which 3125 are also available through the VizieR browser. http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/Simbad Start AladinJava for a view of the optical sky centered on the above CDS catalogs. GREAT! http://aladin.u-strasbg.fr/AladinJava? A number of stars has been assigned proper names historically from various cultures, especially the brighter stars. Discussion is at: http://www.seds.org/~spider/spider/Misc/naming.html A named star list, having no magnitudes (until link is accessed) is at: www.absoluteastronomy.com/stars.htm Another "List of Named Stars in Alphabetical Order" is at http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/starname_list.html Another is at Fourmilab (Home Planet), http://www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky/catalogues/starname.html Richard Seymour made a named star list, sorted by the name, has the SAO numbers (for Autostar lookup), the HR numbers and the Bayer/Flamsteed designations. http://staff.washington.edu/seymour/astro/longname-sao-hr.txt The largest SORTABLE database, in Excel is at ftp://ftp.cts.com/users/s/c/scottb80/outgoing/ Final size is 3.2 megabytes. By Scott, email@example.com Still no complete listing of common star names! Great work! The list of the contents is as follows... > The Complete New General Catalog of Nebula and Star Clusters > Messier Objects by Multiple Sources > The Caldwell Catalog > Lynds' Catalogue of Bright Nebulae > Lynds' Catalogue of Dark Nebulae > Barnard's Catalogue of 349 Dark Objects > Herschel 400 > Dyer Finest NGC and Deep-Sky Challenge Objects > DOC G's Interesting Objects Listed By Size by R. A. Greiner > Double Stars by David Abrams > Arp Globular Clusters > Star Clusters and Associations, Selected Data (Alter+ 1970) > Revised Shapley-Ames Catalog of Bright Galaxies > Cool Galatic Carbon Stars > Meteor Shower Radiants > 105 Finest Objects For The LX200 by Nigel Puttick > Meade 351 Star Database by Alistair Symon etal > Greek Alphabet by the Greeks
And so in comes Dick Seymour:
So, as i'm polishing off the extraneous lines in the spreadsheet, my blood runs cold with the sudden thought: "what did Ed -mean- by the term "names"?" I -took- it to mean "popular names" (like Polaris)... but (shudder) perhaps he meant "any names", like "47 Tucanae." ... i sure hope not. 326 stars. Sorted by popular name. (Names1) So here's the spreadsheet... this represents a few hours work by my wife... mainly due to a bug in Access97 which is fixed in Access2000... (i.e. the problems went away when she moved to a different system, since she suspected as much). Click here for the Excel spreadsheet (156K).
Click here for a tab-separated text file (84K). This has far -more- info that Ed requested, but it's easy enough to delete (or hide) columns than to add'em. My apologies for splitting the RA/Dec into separate Hr:Min:sec.xx columns... it seemed a good idea at the time... All errors are mine (plus the conversion precess). If you wish the *full* database/spreadsheet (the entire HR catalog, with ALL notes crammed in for each star) it's available. It's a 1.6 meg zip file, 4.5 meg unpacked. All hard work is my wife's (thanks, Karen...) --dick
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