Sent: Thursday, March 24, 2011 09:43:11 From: P. Clay Sherrod (email@example.com) A new MPEC asteroid sorting program - MPEC Sort Application - is currently posted on the Arkansas Sky Observatories website: http://www.arksky.org http://www.arksky.org/MPCSort/Home.html This is a free program that has been constructed by the ASO webmaster, Keith Yohn, who has graciously allowed this to be available to the general population of asteroid watchers. It has been in use at ASO for about 4 years and works rapidly and allows a quick printout for your exact choice of parameters of observing NEOs that are updated monthly via the MPEC. Included in these MPEC monthly updates are the Distant Minor Planets, Atens and Apollos, Unusual Minor Planets, and Amors. This program will allow you to concentrate on any or all of these groups of targets, while selecting only those that fit within your observational parameters, equipment limitations, and observing schedules. No searching for lists, no constant downloading and no manual sorting for your observing programs. This program is a turn-key operation that searches for the necessary MPEC updated files, sorts them and then arranges and hour-by-hour (RA order) observing program list set up exactly for your needs and equipment. He has also installed links to required ancillary programs that you may or may not currently have installed on your computers to facilitate the operation of this sorting program. Keith operates a private observatory, WWIN Observatory, in Cabot, Arkansas and is also instrumental in the computer operations at Arkansas Sky Observatories. Currently the MPEC Sort Application is able to download and sort to your specifications the following circulars: AMORS UNUSUAL MINOR PLANETS PHAS ATENS and APOLLOS DISTANT MINOR PLANETS and will always use the most recent updates of those objects as found on the monthly MPEC updates. Observers can select from the following parameters: 1) RA starting point to RA ending point for any given period (you choose the span of RA that is best suited for your observing periods) 2) DEC limitations, both northern and southern hemispheres, allowing for you to restrict objects below or near horizon points 3) magnitude limitations, based on your equipment and observing programs; select only those down to a specific magnitude. 4) limits of minor planet category or categories. This is a remarkably efficient and simple program to use and saves educators and researches many hours of manually sorting target objects for each month; you will find that you can maintain a very accurate listing of potential targets just for your parameters that is refreshed each month. One click if you are on line and the program automatically retrieves all the data and begins sorting for YOUR specific requirements. Clay _____ Dr. P. Clay Sherrod Arkansas Sky Observatories MPC H45 - Petit Jean Mountain South MPC H41 - Petit Jean Mountain MPC H43 - Conway West http://www.arksky.org/
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