Read Entries From a Star Catalog
Catalogs available for searching include the SAO Catalog, the PPM Catalog, and the IRAS Point Source Catalog. There are preset scripts, rsao, rppm, and riras to read and search those catalogs. To search the Hubble Space Telescope Guide Star Catalog, use rgsc. To plot stars, use skymap.
The more recent scat program in the WCSTools toolkit provides similar search capabilities for many more catalogs, including all of the large catalogs of the early 21st century. It is available as C source code.
Last updated April 3, 2003 by Doug Mink, email@example.com