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This page contains several downloadable files in the area of astronomy that I have either created or collected.  I also contains a few links to other web sites of interest in astronomy.



Downloads:

If you are interested in setting up a Supernova search program, the Third Reference Catalogue of Bright Galaxies is very helpful.  This catalog contains detailed information on over 23,000 galaxies.  I have converted this catalog to MS Excel format and have stored a zipped copy of the file for you to download.  Click Here to download the 4.1 Mb zipped file.  Unzipped size is just over 12 Mb.

This is a photo [Click Here] of a dial indicator that I build to show the absolute position of the primary mirror in my C-14 scope.  It is essentially just a metal adapter which threads into the hole of the bolt which secures the mirror cell during shipment of the scope.  A 2" long finger protrudes from the dial indicator and rests on the back of the mirror cell.  This makes a very reproducible placement method for positioning the mirror and thus focusing the scope.

 


Links:

The AAVSO
The American Association of Variable Star Observers is a repository for variable star observations and a entry point for persons interested in the observation of variable stars and learning why they vary.

International Bright Supernovae Page
This page is serviced by David Bishop, et.al..  It is an exhaustive compilation of information on bright supernovae with timely information and images sorted by object.  There is also an extensive archive of supernovae from previous years and a software download page.

How to Discover Supernovae by Michael Schwartz
This article describes a logical scheme for a supernovae search program.

Kyoto University - About Supernovae
This site is part of the Variable Star Net and mailing list of the Department of Astronomy at Kyoto University in Japan.  although the site has somewhat quirky graphics, the information is exhaustive.

The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia
World's most comprehensive interactive database of extrasolar planets updated daily since 1995.

California & Carnegie Planet Search
The Exoplanet Data Explorer is an interactive table and plotter for exploring and displaying data from the Exoplanet Orbit Database. The Exoplanet Orbit Database is a carefully constructed compilation of quality, spectroscopic orbital parameters of exoplanets orbiting normal stars from the peer-reviewed literature, and updates the Catalog of nearby exoplanets.

 


Literature:

Cataclysmic Variable Stars
by Coel Hellier.   I have found it very informative and an easy read.  It is written for the amateur astronomer as well as student and professional.

Observing Variable Stars
Levy

Light Curves of Variable Stars
C. Sterken (Editor), C. Jaschek (Editor)

Understanding Variable Stars
Percy

A Practical Guide to Photometry and Lightcurve Analysis
Warner

Allen's Astrophysical Quantities
Cox (Editor)