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Locate a Source by Name:

Infrared sources in the Catalog are listed alphabetically by their base name in a Source Atlas which is part of the database. The "base name" is usually a constellation name, a catalog name, or the abbreviated name of an observer. Many sources may also have prefixes and/or suffixes as part of their name. Most source names appear in the Catalog in abbreviated form. These abbreviations are not always intuitive. For these reasons, it can sometimes be difficult to locate a source in the Catalog. However, this option provides a way to easily recognize source names by browsing the alphabetical name list.

After clicking on the appropriate green button below, a list of source names arranged alphabetically by base name is displayed. Scroll down the list until you find the source name of interest (you can also use the Netscape or Internet Explorer FIND option under EDIT, etc.). When you click on the source name link, the page in the Catalog containing that source will then be displayed. This option does not create a summary or report. It simply points to the right page in the Catalog.

Clicking a green button brings up a list of object with base names which begin with the letter you have selected.
You can scroll through the list and click on a source name of interest.

[A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I] [J] [K] [L] [M]
[N] [O] [P] [Q] [R] [S] [T] [U] [V] [W] [X] [Y] [Z] [0-9]

(NOTE: The "0-9" button displays names composed only of numbers.)

REMEMBER: Sources are arranged alphabetically by the base name...

  • For a detailed explanation of Catalog source name formats, see Name Search Help.
  • Greek letter and constellation name abbreviations, etc., can be found in Object Name Help.

For example, to find. . .

   SOURCE      Prefix Base Suffix    Click on:
   ------      ------ ---- ------    --------
   Alpha Sco    ALPHA SCO              "S"
   NGC 1068           NGC  1068        "N"
   3C 273           3 C    273         "C"
   I ZW 10          I ZW   10          "Z"

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