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Updated Washington Double Star Catalog

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Updated Washington Double Star Catalog

The Washington Double Star Catalog

Last Updated: August 27 2018


  • Now plots Doubles based on magnitudes - i.e. faint doubles do not show at wider fields of view!
  • Cleaned up the field assignment- Again!
  • Allows searching by more common discoverer field, i.e. WDS-2018 KNT 5
  • Changed name to the shorter WDS - 2018

This is a newer updated release of the Washington Double Star catalog.

The original version distributed with TheSkyX is circa 2008. This data contains new updated observations through 2017. However, for the most part the actual star positions and also the lack of proper motion still exists.

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To install:

  1. Download and unzip the files in this archive 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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