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A399 - Intro Obs Astrophys - Observing Resources

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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 at many scales
  • Search by constellation
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
Airmass Calc
  • Calculate Airmass (enter lat, long, elev, coords)
Planets
  • Calculate planetary position for a specific date
 
  • Observatory Latitude and Longitude
Julian Dates
  • Julian Date Calculator
Skyview
  • Finder Chart generation
JPL SS Dynamics
  • Ephemeris Generator - planets, comets, asteroids
Minor Planet Center
  • Lists of Asteroids, KBOs, Centaurs
  • Lists of comets; name designations
  • Ephemeris service
Cartes du Ciel
  • Free Sky chart software
  • Variable star predictions, logs
  • Star Catalogs
SIMBAD
SIMBAD (mirror)
  • Astronomical Object locator
  • Coordinates
  • Finder Charts
SBIG Instruments
  • Astronomical Instruments Sales
  • Information about instruments
  • QE Curves
Landolt Stars
  • Photometric Standards
  • Finders & Coords
  • Mags & Colors
GCVS
  • General Catalog of Variable Stars
VizieR
VizieR (mirror)
  • Astronomical Catalog Access
Aladin Catalog
  • Catalogue Visualization tool
NED
  • NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database
Subaru Vis Tool
  • Observing Target Visibility Tool
 
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Last modified: June 24, 2008
Karen Meech
Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
meech@ifa.hawaii.edu