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Appendix B. Resources
Listed here are websites and mailing lists which will help the reader to further their knowledge of the topics covered in this book.

An internet search on ‘asteroids’ will yield over 650000 hits – too many to include all of them here! This list may differ slightly from that in the book as recent additions, deletions and changes have been incorporated.


I haven’t attempted to list telescopes or imagers as there are just too many combinations (and too many manufacturers and suppliers) to do so, as you will have seen from the examples in this book and the multiplicity of advertisements in astronomy magazines and on the internet. To help you make your choice do talk to the more experienced amateurs, go along to your local astronomy group or contact your national organization who will be able to give you advice.


Amateur astronomers and observatories


Table B.8. Websites – Amateurs astronomers and observatories

Name

Clickable link

Ansbro E. – Kingsland Observatory

Kingsland Observatory

Birtwhistle P. – Great Shefford Observatory

Great Shefford Observatory

Cahill A.

Mount Abbeydale Observatory

Črni Vrh Observatory

Črni Vrh Observatory

Fletcher J, – Mount Tuffley Observatory

Mount Tuffley Observatory

Higgins D. – Hunters Hill Observatory

E14 Home

Hunter T. – Grasslands Observatory

Grasslands Observatory

James N.

British Astronomical Association : I&I Section : Nick James’ Observatory

Kurti S.

Rebrícek amatérskych astronómov - objavitelov asteroidov z archívu SkyMorph

Langbroek M.

The Website of Marco Langbroek - stone age archaeology, Dutch meteorites, meteor astronomy

  • Guide to recovering/discovering objects in the NEAT archive

Guide to recovering/discovering objects in the Skymorph / NEAT archive

Lowe A.

Andrew Lowe's Minor Planet Home Page

McGaha J. – Sabino Canyon Observatory

Sabino Canyon Observatory

Mobberley M.

http://martinmobberley.co.uk/

Peterson C. – Cloudbait Observatory

Cloudbait Observatory Home

Observatorio Nazaret

observatorio nazaret J47

Robson M. – John J. McCarthy Observatory

J.J. McCarthy Home Page

Saxton J.

Welcome to John's web pages.

  • LYMM Photometry Software

http://www.lymmobservatory.net/ccd/photometrysoftware/photometrysoftware/photsoft.htm

Shed of Science

Shed of Science

Stevens J. and B. – Desert Moon Observatory

Desert Moon Observatory Home Page

Sunflower Observatory

Lightcurves

Sussenbach J

PROCYON Astronomy

Tucker R. A. – Goodricke-Piggott Observatory

gpobs

Warner B. D. – Palmer Divide Observatory

Palmer Divide Observatory - Asteroid and Variable Star Lightcurves


Calendars, Catalogs, Finder Charts and Surveys


Table B.9. Websites – Calendars, Catalogs, Finder Charts and Surveys

Name

Clickable link

Aladin

The Aladin Sky Atlas

CalSky

http://www.calsky.com/

Heavens Above

Heavens-Above Home Page

NASA Space Calendar

Space Calendar (JPL)

Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)

Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Small Main-Belt Asteroid Spectroscopic Survey (SMASS)

SMASS - Small Main-Belt Asteroid Spectroscopic Survey

Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI)

The Institute

  • Digitized Sky Survey (DSS)

The STScI Digitized Sky Survey

United States Naval Observatory (USNO) Image and Catalog Archive Server

USNO Image and Catalog Archive Server — Naval Oceanography Portal

VizieR

VizieR Service

  • Carlsberg Meridian Catalog 14 (CMC14)

Catalogue Selection Page


Data and information sites
(a) Asteroids and dwarf planets in general


Table B.10. Websites – Data and information sites, (a) Asteroids and dwarf planets in general

Name

Clickable link

Atlas of mean motion resonances

ATLAS OF MEAN MOTION RESONANCES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM

Asteroid (and Comet) Groups

Asteroid (and Comet) groups

Asteroid Comet Connection

Earth's Busy Neighborhood

Asteroid – Dynamic Site (AstDyS)

AstDyS

Asteroid masses

http://home.earthlink.net/~jimbaer1/astmass.txt

BAA Asteroids and Remote Planets Section

http://britastro.org/asteroids

The Belt of Venus

Belt of Venus

Description of the System of Asteroids

http://astrosurf.com/map/us/AstFamilies2004-05-20.htm

Dwarf planets

Dwarf Planets

How Gauss Determined The Orbit of Ceres

http://www.schillerinstitute.org/fid_97-01/982_orbit_ceres.pdf

CCD Observing Manual (AAVSO)

AAVSO: CCD Observing Manual

IAU – definition of Pluto-like objects

Plutoid chosen as name for Solar System objects like Pluto | Press Releases | IAU

IAU – planetary definitions

IAU 2006 General Assembly: Result of the IAU Resolution votes | Press Releases | IAU

IAU – Pluto and the developing landscape of our Solar System

Pluto and the Solar System | IAU

Minor Planet Center (MPC)

IAU Minor Planet Center

  • Guide to Minor Body Astrometry

Guide to Minor Body Astrometry

  • Minor Planet and Comet Ephemeris Service

Minor Planet & Comet Ephemeris Service

  • Minor Planet Electronic Circulars (MPECs)

Recent MPECs

– MPChecker

MPChecker: Minor Planet Checker

– NEO Confirmation Page (NEOCP)

The NEO Confirmation Page

  • Submission Information

MPC Submission Information

Project Pluto

Project Pluto

  • Minor Planet Groups

Minor planet groups/families

Skymorph

SkyMorph Home Page

Small Body Distance Triangulation Calculator

http://heliospheric-labs.com/obs/calc.html

Updated Ephemeredes of Minor Planets

EPHEMERIDIES OF MINOR PLANETS (EMP)

Uppsala Astronomical Observatory Planetary System Group

Uppsala Planetary System Group

  • Asteroids

Asteroids


(b) Binary asteroids


Table B.11. Websites – Data and information sites, (b) Binary asteroids

Name

Clickable link

Asteroids with satellites

Asteroids with satellites

List des asteroids binaires

IMCCE - Ephemerids

Minor Planet Satellite Database

Minor Planet Satellite Database

Orbits of Binary Asteroids with Adaptive Optics

Orbits of Binary Asteroids


c) Impacts


Table B.12. Websites – Data and information sites, (c) Impacts

Name

Clickable link

Armagh Observatory

Armagh Observatory

  • Near Earth Object Impact Hazard

Impact Hazard

Earth Impact Database

Earth Impact Database

University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

The University of Arizona | Lunar and Planetary Laboratory

  • Earth Impacts Effects Program

Earth Impact Effects Program

Holocene Impact Working Group (HIWG)

Holocene Impact Working Group

Impact Field Studies Group

Impact Field Studies Group - Home Page

Lunar and Planetary Institute

Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI)

  • Terrestrial Impact Craters, Second Edition

Terrestrial Impact Craters Slide Set

NASA Ames Research Center, Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards

Asteroid Comet Impact Hazards

  • Torino Impact Scale

Torino Impact Scale

NASA JPL NEO Program

Welcome To The Near Earth Object Program

Current Impact Risks


(d) Lightcurves


Table B.13. Websites – Data and information sites, (d) Lightcurves

Name

Clickable link

ALPO Minor Planets Section

Minor Planets Section

– Minor Planet Bulletin

http://www.minorplanetobserver.com/mpb/default.htm

Astronomical Society of Las Cruces

About the ASLC

  • Minor Planet Lightcurve Data

Fred Pilcher's Minor Planet Lightcurves

Collaborative Asteroid Lightcurve Link (CALL)

CALL Homepage

Geneva Observatory – Asteroids and comets rotation curves

CdR&CdL: Courbe de rotation et luminosité d'astéroïdes, de comètes et d'étoiles variables

Koronis Family Asteroids Rotation Lightcurve Observing Program

Koronis Family Asteroids Rotation Lightcurve Observing Program

Ondrejov Asteroid Photometry Project

Ondrejov Asteroid Photometry Project

Photometry of Asteroids at The Belgrade Astronomical Observatory

Vladimir Benishek


(e) Near Earth Asteroids/Objects


Table B.14. Websites– Data and information sites, (e) Near Earth Asteroids/Objects

Name

Clickable link

B612 Foundation

B612 FOUNDATION

European Asteroid Research Node

European Asteroid Research Node

Near Earth Objects Dynamics (NEODyS)

NEODyS

Spaceguard

The Spaceguard Foundation home page

– Priority List

Spaceguard System

Alain Maury

Alain Maury

  • NEO discovery statistics 2002

Spaceguard

  • NEO discovery statistics 2003

Spaceguard2003.html

  • NEO discovery statistics 2004

Spaceguard2004.html

  • NEO discovery statistics 2005

Spaceguard2005.html

  • NEO discovery statistics 2006

Spaceguard2006.html

  • NEO discovery statistics 2007

Spaceguard2007.html


(f) Occultations


Table B.15. Websites – Data and information sites, (f) Occultations

Name

Clickable link

Asteroidal Occultation Reports Database

OccRepDB»Submit

Asteroid Occultation Updates (Steve Preston)

Asteroid Occultation Predictions (Current)

BREIT IDEAS Observatory

BREIT IDEAS Observatory

Drift-scan timing of asteroid occultations

Drift-Scan Timing of Asteroid Occultations

Euraster

euraster.net - European Asteroidal Occultations

European Asteroid Occultation Network (EAON)

EAON

International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA)

IOTA Main Table of Contents

RASNZ Occultation Section

Occultation Section - Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand

SAF Occultations, Eclipses and Transits

SAF planetary observations comission


(h) Phase curves and absolute magnitude


Table B.16. Websites – Data and information sites, (h) Phase curves and absolute magnitude

Name

Clickable link

ALPO Minor Planets Section

Minor Planets Section

  • Magnitude Alert Project (MAP)

Magnitude Alert Project (MAP)

– Minor Planet Bulletin

http://www.minorplanetobserver.com/mpb/default.htm


Professional astronomers and observatories


Table B.17. Websites – Professional astronomers and observatories

Name

Clickable link

Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory Home Page

Bland P.

Phil Bland

Bottke W.

William Bottke Publications

Brown, M

Astronomer Mike Brown

Bruton D.

Minor Planet Observatory 740

Camarillo Observatory

Camarillo Observatory

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

ESO

Fitzsimmons A.

Prof. Alan Fitzsimmons

Jewitt D.

David Jewitt

Kaasalainen M.

Asteroid models

Kidger M.

astrometria y fotometria cometaria

Klet Observatory

Klet' Observatory & KLENOT Project

Kretlow M.

sky-lab.net - Start - About

Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory

Asteroid Data Services by Lowell Observatory

Scotti J.

Jim Scotti

Skymapper

ANU - Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics - SkyMapper


Robotic observatories


Table B.18. Websites – Robotic observatories

Name

Clickable link

Bradford Robotic Telescope

Bradford Robotic Telescope

Global Rent-A-Scope (GRAS)

Global Rent-a-Scope | Home

San Pedro de Atacama Celestial Explorations (SPACE)

SPACE

Sierra Stars Observatory Network (SSON)

Sierra Stars Observatory

Skylive

Skylive - Remote Telescopes - Telescopi Remoti

SLOOH

SLOOH - Your Live Online Observatory


Search projects


Table B.19. Websites – Search projects

Name

Clickable link

Catalina Sky Survey (CSS)

Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) Homepage

EURONEAR

EURONEAR : HomePage

Japanese Spaceguard Center

http://www.spaceguard.or.jp/bsgc_jsf/pamphlet/index.htm

  • Bisei Spaceguard Center

http://www.spaceguard.or.jp/bsgc_jsf/pamphlet/kogaku-e.htm

  • Kamisaibara Spaceguard Center

http://www.spaceguard.or.jp/bsgc_jsf/pamphlet/radar-e.htm

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)

LSST—Home

Lincoln Near Earth Asteroid Research (LINEAR)

MIT Lincoln Laboratory: LINEAR

Lowell Observatory Near-Earth-Object Search (LONEOS)

Lowell Observatory Near-Earth-Object Search (LONEOS)

Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT)

NEAR-EARTH ASTEROID TRACKING

Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS)

Pan-Starrs - Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System - Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii

Spacewatch

The Spacewatch Project

  • Spacewatch Fast Moving Object Project

http://fmo.lpl.arizona.edu/FMO_home/index.cfm

UAO-DLR Asteroid Survey (UDAS)

The UAO - DLR Asteroid Survey


Software

Please note that some packages may contain features other than those indicated by the table headings. Electronic cameras (CCD, DSLR and video) will come with their own software but most, if not all, will work with other packages. For example I use Megastar to point my telescope and Astroart to obtain the images.


(a) Astrometry and photometry


Table B.20. Websites – Software, (a) Astrometry and photometry

Name

Clickable link

AIP4WIN

The Handbook of Astronomical Image Processing with AIP4Win Software by Richard Berry and James Burnell

Astroart

Astroart 4.0

Astrometrica

Welcome to the Astrometrica Homepage

Iris

Iris software

Mira AL

Mira AL

PinPoint

PinPoint Astrometric Engine


(b) Celestial mechanics


Table B.21. Websites – Software, (b) Celestial mechanics

Name

Clickable link

Comet/Asteroid Orbit Determination and Ephemeris Software (CODES)

Comet/asteroid Orbit Determination and Ephemeris Software

Find_Orb

Find_Orb Orbit determination software

OrbFit

OrbFit Software

Solex

Solex


(c) DSLR and video


Table B.22. Websites – Software, (c) DSLR and video

Name

Clickable link

Astrostack

Welcome to AstroStack - Astronomy image stacking software download freeware demo

DeepSkyStacker

DeepSkyStacker - Free

Registax

RegiStax- Free image processing software

Virtual Dub

Welcome to virtualdub.org! - virtualdub.org


(d) Integrated packages


Table B.23. Websites – Software, (d) Integrated packages

Name

Clickable link

Diffraction Limited

Cyanogen Imaging Products from Diffraction Limited

  • Cloud Sensor

Cyanogen Imaging Products from Diffraction Limited

  • MaxDome II

Cyanogen Imaging Products from Diffraction Limited

  • Maxim DL

Cyanogen Imaging Products from Diffraction Limited

  • MaxPoint

Cyanogen Imaging Products from Diffraction Limited

Minor Planet Observer

Minor Planet Observer / Palmer Divide Observatory - MPO Software

  • Asteroid Viewing Guide

MPO Viewing Guide

– Canopus

MPO Canopus

  • Connections

MPO Connections

  • LCInvert

MPO LCInvert


(e) Observatory control


Table B.24. Websites – Software, (e) Observatory control

Name

Clickable link

ACP Observatory Control

ACP Observatory Control Software

Omega Lab Astronomy Programs and Observatory Control

http://www.omegalab-atc.com/

Remote Administrator (RADMIN)

PC Remote Control Software and Remote Access Software: Control Remote PC Securely, Transfer Files, Share Remote Desktop, Access Remote PC from Anywhere, Perform System Administration


(f) Occultations


Table B.25. Websites – Software, (f) Occultations

Name

Clickable link

Light Measurement tool for Occultation Observation (LIMOVIE)

Light Measurement tool for Occultation Observation using VIdeo rEcorder.

Occult Watcher

Occult Watcher

Scanalyser, Scantracker

Drift-Scan Timing of Asteroid Occultations


(g) Planners and planetarium programs


Table B.26. Websites – Software, (g) Planners and planetarium programs

Name

Clickable link

Asteroid

Asteroid Home Page

Astroplanner

AstroPlanner

Guide

Project Pluto

Megastar

http://www.willbell.com/software/megastar/index.htm

Sat_ID

Satellite identification program for astrometrists

Skymap

SkyMap Pro 11 | The Sky is no longer the limit | Official UK Distributor


(h) Time synchronization


Table B.27. Websites – Software, (h) Time synchronization

Name

Clickable link

Chronos Atomic Clock Synchronizer

http://download.cnet.com/Chronos-Atomic-Clock-Synchronizer/3000-2350_4-10861687.html?tag=mncol%3blst

CNS Systems TAC32

Tac32 Software for the CNS Clock

Dimension 4

Thinking Man Software - Dimension 4 v5.0

TimeSync

TimeSync


Space agencies


Table B.28. Websites – Space agencies

Name

Clickable link

European Space Agency (ESA)

ESA Portal

Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

ISAS | Institute of Space and Astronautical Science

National AeroSpace Agency (NASA)

NASA - Home

  • Astrophysics Data System

SAO/NASA ADS: ADS Home Page

– Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Space, Stars, Mars, Earth, Planets and More - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

– Asteroid Radar Research

Asteroid Radar Research

– Horizons

HORIZONS Web-Interface

– Near Earth Object Program

Welcome To The Near Earth Object Program

– What’s Observable

SB What's Observable

  • Lunar and Planetary Science

Lunar and Planetary Science at the NSSDC

  • NEO Survey and Deflection. Analysis of Alternatives

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/171331main_NEO_report_march07.pdf

  • NASA Science

NASA Science

  • Planetary Data System (PDS)

Welcome to the Planetary Data System

– Small Bodies Node

The Small Bodies Node


Space telescopes and missions


Table B.29. Websites – Space telescopes and missions

Name

Clickable link

Dawn

Dawn Mission Home Page

Don Quijote

ESA Portal - ESA selects targets for asteroid-deflecting mission Don Quijote

Gaia

ESA - Space Science - Gaia overview

Hayabusa

ISAS | Asteroid Exploration HAYABUSA (MUSES-C) / Missions

HIgh Precision PARallax Collecting Satellite (HIPPARCOS),

ESA Science & Technology: Hipparcos

Hubble Space Telescope

HubbleSite -- Out of the ordinary...out of this world.

MErcury Surface Space ENvironment GEochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER)

MESSENGER Web Site

Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR)

Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Mission

Near Earth Object Surveillance SATellite (NEOSSAT)

Home | NEOSSat

New Horizons

New Horizons Web Site

Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification and Security-Regolith Explorer mission (OSIRIS-Rex)

Office of the Chief Technologist

Rosetta

ESA Science & Technology: Rosetta

SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)

Solar and Heliospheric Observatory Homepage

Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)

WISE: Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer


Mailing lists


Table B.30. Mailing lists

Name

Clickable link

Minor Planet Mailing List

mpml : A list for asteroid and comet researcher

Planoccult

To subscribe contact Pierre Vingerhoets at Pierre.Vingerhoets@telenet.be or Jan Van Gestel at jan@vangestel.be








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