(IAAC) IAAC - Internet Amateur Astronomer's Catalog!
This is the latest information for submissions to IAAC - the Internet Amateur
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You can access the archive of IAAC submissions via World Wide Web at:
The latest compilation of observations (currently over 30) can be ftp'd at:
where xx is a number (choose the highest).
There is a program called CAOS/2 (for OS/2) that can convert the IAAC.TXT to a
database that can be browsed and searched. The program allows you to create the
submission forms of your observations very fast and standardized. CAOS/2 is
currently in beta testing. If you wish to get it (or port it!), send email to:
Instructions how to report your observation:
1) Cut out the standard entry form below.
2) Fill in everything that is needed.
3) Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org with a descriptive Subject: line
describing the observation, such as:
Subject: OBS M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), 17.5" f/4.5
The many readers and browsers of IAAC would like to hear from you about all the
deep sky objects and double stars you observe!
These are the facts we ask you to state:
Observer: (Your name goes in here)
Your skills: (choose: beginner, intermediate, expert)
Date and UT of observation: (20th May, 1996, 23:55 UT)
Location: (for example: Vienna, Austria 48N)
Site classification: (choose: city, suburbian, rural)
Limiting magnitude (visual): (very important!)
Seeing (from 1 to 5): (1 is best - 5 is like looking over a chimmney)
moon up/phase: (yes/no, age of the moon if yes)
Instrument: (for example: 8" SCT f/10, naked eye, 7x50, etc.)
Magnification: (for example: 35x, none - for naked eye)
Filters used: (for example: UHC)
Object: (what you saw)
Category: (for example: Open cluster, double star, galaxy)
Constellation: (For example: Leo)
Data: (if appropriate): (Diameter ' or ", mags and sep./PA for double stars)
RA/DE: (position - please use 2000.0)
Description: (tell us what you have seen, as many lines as you want)
Date format: YYYY-MM-DD, HH:MM UT
Object: only name, no other informations. M57=ok, M57 (Ring Nebula)<>OK
Constellation: Use the official abbrevations (Lyr, And etc.)
RA/DE Format: xxhxxm (-)xx0xx'
Description: Do not use blank lines within the description!
We ask you to stick to these formats - it makes automated processing of your
entries easier. Earlier entries have been modified to meet those standards.
And here is the standard entry form you should use:
----cut form here----
Date and UT of observation:
Location & latitude:
Limiting magnitude (visual):
Seeing (1 to 5 - best to worst):
Moon up (phase?):
----cut form here----
So take out your scopes, your binos, use your eyes and let us know what you have
observed. We will keep you updated - so let the reports roll in.