(IAAC) IAAC - some informations
This is the latest information for submissions to IAAC - the Internet
Amateur Astronomer's Catalog.
You can subscribe to our mailing list to receive all observations in your
subject: as you like
body: subscribe netastrocatalog
If you just want some info about the project:
body: info netastrocatalog
The latest compilation of observations (currently over 25)
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 cycle. If you wish to get it,
write a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructions how to report your observation:
1) Cut out the standad entry form below.
2) Fill in everything that is needed.
3) Send it to: email@example.com, subject: IAAC submission
We would like you to let us know about deep sky objects and double stars
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
when object is Double star: Constellation name is always an abbrev. (Lyr)
Category: always starts with a capital letter
Constellation: Use the official abbrevations (Lyr, Sge etc.)
Data: you can put common names of objects here, too.
RA/DE Format: xxhxxm (-)xxoxx'
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
And here is the standard entry form you should use:
Date and UT of observation:
Limiting magnitude (visual):
Seeing (from 1 to 5):
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.