star 3.3

Read Entries From a Star Catalog

Telescope Data Center
star extracts selected entries of a source catalog, in any of several formats, listing the results and/or saving them to a disk file in any of several formats. If no options are specified on the command line, allowable options and current parameter values are printed. If the -menu flag is set, the user is prompted for responses through a series of menus. To turn off the prompts, use -nmenu as a command-line argument.

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.

Command Line Options



FTP Availability

Last updated April 3, 2003 by Doug Mink,