Last updated: 4 November 2003
Sent: Sunday, November 2, 2003 10:11:26 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Richard Seymour) In your reference pages http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/as_db.html and http://staff.washington.edu/seymour/astro/hr.html and http://www.weasner.com/etx/autostar/as_catalogs.html and elsewhere, i'm sure, ..the various authors refer to NASA's site for such stuff, with links starting with: http://adc.gsfc.nasa.gov/adc/ (the Astronomical Data Center (ADC) at Goddard SpaceFlight Center (gsfc)) They are now useless. NASA has decided that it no longer needs to supply such helpful information, and is pointing us off to sites elsewhere on the planet, such as CDS in France. CSD's main page: cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/CDS.html is a little sparse. For full-catalog fetches, you probably want: cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cats/Cats.htx or (for a list of catalogs) cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cats/cats.html In my articles, i refer to the Harvard Revised version of the Yale Bright Star Catalog (BSC). That was /5/5050 at NASA, meaning catalog group 5 (Combined Data), data package 50. At CDS, the "5" becomes Roman Numeral "V", and the 50 remains: producing: cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/Cat?V/50 <--- BSC at CSD Other Autostar-handy one are: cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/Cat?I/131A <--- SAO at CSD cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/Cat?I/196 <-- hipp(v2)index at CSD cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/Cat?I/239 <--- hipp main results Why NASA got out of the "handy reference" business is beyond me. have fun --dick
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