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Washington Double Star Catalog


posted by Tom Bisque
12-15-2017

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Washington Double Star Catalog

The Washington Double Star Catalog
Updated: June 12, 2019

Changes:

  • Allows searching by more common discoverer field, i.e. WDS-2019 KNT 5
  • Plots Doubles based on magnitudes - i.e. faint doubles do not show at wider fields of view!
  • Changed name WDS-2019 Updated!
  • Slightly changed the field names to be consistent with the default WDS distributed with TheSkyX.

This is a newer updated release of the Washington Double Star catalog. Observations updated through 2018!
http://ad.usno.navy.mil/wds/

The original version distributed with TheSkyX is circa 2008. This data contains new updated observations through 2018. For the most part the actual star positions will be slightly off due to the lack of proper motion.

To install:

  1. Download and unzip the files in this archive WDS-2019.zip to the SDBs folder of TheSkyX's Application Support Files
  2. From TheSkyX, click the Database Manager command from the Input menu.
  3. Expand Sky Databases, then My Sky Databases and turn on the appropriate checkbox for this SDB.
  4. Once the downloaded file has been unzipped/extracted to the folder above it will appear in TheSkyX under Input>Database Manager>Sky Databases (SDBs)>My Sky Databases. To enable the SDB place a check here.

The database is searched by using

Edit>Find WDS-2018 {Double star} example Edit>Find WDS-2018 KNT 5

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