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Below are some useful tools which will help for observing planning.

Resource Description
AAVSO
  • Variable Star types
  • Submitting Observations
AAVSO Finder charts
  • Searchable Variable star finders by scales
  • Search by constellation
Airmass Calc
  • Calculate Airmass (enter lat, long, elev, coords)
Aladin Catalog
  • Catalogue Visualization tool
Cartes du Ciel
  • Free Sky chart software
  • Variable star predictions, logs
  • Star Catalogs
Deep Impact
Digital Sky Survey
(Mirror)
  • Space Telescope Sky survey - finders
Extrasolar planet transits
Faulkes Telescope
GCVS
  • General Catalog of Variable Stars
JPL SS Dynamics
  • Ephemeris Generator - planets, comets, asteroids
Julian Dates
  • Julian Date Calculator
KBO Recovery
Landolt Stars
  • Photometric Standards
  • Finders & Coords
  • Mags & Colors
Minor Planet Center
  • Lists of Asteroids, KBOs, Centaurs
  • Lists of comets; name designations
  • Ephemeris service
NASA ADS
NASA ADS mirror
  • NASA Astrophysical Data System
NED
  • NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database
Observatory
Planets
  • Calculate planetary position for a specific date
SBIG Instruments
  • Astronomical Instruments Sales
  • Information about instruments
  • QE Curves
SIMBAD
SIMBAD (mirror)
  • Astronomical Object locator
  • Coordinates
  • Finder Charts
Skyview
  • Finder Chart generation
USNO Data Service
  • Sunrise/set, Moonrise/set, Twilight times
  • Phases of the Moon
  • Eclipses and Transits
  • Positions of the Sun and Moon
  • MICA - GMST information, and coord calc
VizieR
VizieR (mirror1) VizieR (mirror2)
  • Astronomical Catalog Access
 
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Last modified: June 17, 2003
Karen Meech
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
meech@ifa.hawaii.edu