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  • martin_piers_nicholson
    I use VSX most days and although it does most things I need there are one or two things that would make my life easier. Searching in a zone of declination or
    Message 1 of 9 , Jul 29, 2007
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      I use VSX most days and although it does most things I need there are
      one or two things that would make my life easier.

      Searching in a zone of declination or right ascension would be a useful
      feature. When combined with other parameters such as magnitude or
      variable type it makes creating an observing list much easier.

      VSX encourages people like me to observe previously neglected
      variables. It would be useful if, in effect, all VSX entries were
      automatically in the AAVSO validation file so that results submitted
      could be seen graphically.

      When writing up projects how many of us include a link from the web
      page to the VSX entry such as I did here (OK I admit it was for my own
      convenience!)http://www.martin-nicholson.info/orion/orion.htm
    • martin_piers_nicholson
      I posted this before with zero response. I will try again. I use VSX most days and although it does most things I need there are one or two things that would
      Message 2 of 9 , Aug 7, 2007
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        I posted this before with zero response. I will try again.


        I use VSX most days and although it does most things I need there are
        one or two things that would make my life easier.

        Searching in a zone of declination or right ascension would be a useful
        feature. When combined with other parameters such as magnitude or
        variable type it makes creating an observing list much easier.

        VSX encourages people like me to observe previously neglected
        variables. It would be useful if, in effect, all VSX entries were
        automatically in the AAVSO validation file so that results submitted
        could be seen graphically. I appreciate that it is possible to get
        stars added to the file on request but automatic inclusion might offer
        some advantages.
      • Jim Cadien
        Martin, I twice have made a similar suggestion... that the search be possible rectangular box. I am doing drift scanning, and get images many, many degrees
        Message 3 of 9 , Aug 7, 2007
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          Martin,
          I twice have made a similar suggestion... that the search be possible
          rectangular box. I am doing drift scanning, and get images many, many
          degrees long and less than a degree high. I have been told this is a
          good idea, and it will be done, but unfortunately it has not. Maybe
          with another asking, it will occur.

          Jim


          On 8/7/07, martin_piers_nicholson <martin_piers_nicholson@...> wrote:
          > I posted this before with zero response. I will try again.
          >
          >
          > I use VSX most days and although it does most things I need there are
          > one or two things that would make my life easier.
          >
          > Searching in a zone of declination or right ascension would be a useful
          > feature. When combined with other parameters such as magnitude or
          > variable type it makes creating an observing list much easier.
          >
          > VSX encourages people like me to observe previously neglected
          > variables. It would be useful if, in effect, all VSX entries were
          > automatically in the AAVSO validation file so that results submitted
          > could be seen graphically. I appreciate that it is possible to get
          > stars added to the file on request but automatic inclusion might offer
          > some advantages.
          >
          >
          >
          >
          > Yahoo! Groups Links
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          >
          >
        • Christopher Watson
          Guys, it s been in Bugzilla since the end of May: http://www.aavso.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=382 It is an enhancement, so it is pioritized behind the other
          Message 4 of 9 , Aug 7, 2007
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            Guys, it's been in Bugzilla since the end of May:

            http://www.aavso.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=382

            It is an enhancement, so it is pioritized behind the other open
            issues. When there is time and bandwidth to get to this feature,
            we'll put in in. Sorry it takes so long, but you know how that song
            and dance goes...

            -Christopher
          • arne
            ... That feature is coming soon. Arne
            Message 5 of 9 , Aug 8, 2007
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              martin_piers_nicholson wrote:
              > VSX encourages people like me to observe previously neglected
              > variables. It would be useful if, in effect, all VSX entries were
              > automatically in the AAVSO validation file so that results submitted
              > could be seen graphically. I appreciate that it is possible to get
              > stars added to the file on request but automatic inclusion might offer
              > some advantages.
              >
              That feature is coming soon.
              Arne
            • michael.kran
              For what its worth, I joined vsx-dis just as I was thinking that a query based on the observer s location, a filter on the altitude of the object, and
              Message 6 of 9 , Sep 8, 2008
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                For what its worth, I joined vsx-dis just as I was thinking that a
                query based on the observer's location, a filter on the altitude of
                the object, and magnitude would be a nice addition.

                I just ran across what Shawn Dvorak at Rolling Hills Observatory has
                done. As a beginner, it found it ideal for the opportunist search.
                The "What's up?...now that I have good weather..search."

                http://www.rollinghillsobs.org/perl/calcRRephem.pl
                http://www.rollinghillsobs.org:8000/perl/calcEBephem.pl

                My apologizes if VSX already has this feature. I didn't see it, though
                I've only just joined AAVSO today.

                Michael

                --- In vsx-dis@yahoogroups.com, arne <arne@...> wrote:
                >
                > martin_piers_nicholson wrote:
                > > VSX encourages people like me to observe previously neglected
                > > variables. It would be useful if, in effect, all VSX entries were
                > > automatically in the AAVSO validation file so that results submitted
                > > could be seen graphically. I appreciate that it is possible to get
                > > stars added to the file on request but automatic inclusion might
                offer
                > > some advantages.
                > >
                > That feature is coming soon.
                > Arne
                >
              • Christopher Watson
                No, Michael...VSX does not have that feature. Sounds like a good idea, at first blush, although I don t think we ever envisioned VSX as being an observation
                Message 7 of 9 , Sep 9, 2008
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                  No, Michael...VSX does not have that feature. Sounds like a good
                  idea, at first blush, although I don't think we ever envisioned VSX as
                  being an observation planning tool, per se. At least not in the
                  context of a particular observer's geo-location. Paul Rodman's
                  AstroPlanner does a REALLY good job of that, but of course can't take
                  advantage of the entire VSX dataset...yet. I have been talking with
                  Paul about engineering some VSX query capability into AstroPlanner so
                  that it can bring up real-time VSX variables for a given sky view.
                  Maybe we can make that happen. Paul's typically very accommodating
                  about that kind of thing.

                  VSX does have basic magnitude filtering, though.

                  Christopher Watson
                  AAVSO VSX

                  On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 11:53 PM, michael.kran <michael.kran@...> wrote:
                  > For what its worth, I joined vsx-dis just as I was thinking that a
                  > query based on the observer's location, a filter on the altitude of
                  > the object, and magnitude would be a nice addition.
                  ...
                  > My apologizes if VSX already has this feature. I didn't see it, though
                  > I've only just joined AAVSO today.
                • Michael Kran
                  Hello Christopher, Thank you for your reply. I have AstroPlanner, but I had not thought of it in terms of variable stars, even a sub-set of VSX. That would be
                  Message 8 of 9 , Sep 9, 2008
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                    Hello Christopher,
                     
                    Thank you for your reply. I have AstroPlanner, but I had not 
                    thought of it in terms of variable stars, even a sub-set of VSX.
                    That would be a great solution!
                     
                    Michael


                    From: vsx-dis@yahoogroups.com [mailto:vsx-dis@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Christopher Watson
                    Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 12:24 AM
                    To: vsx-dis@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: Re: [vsx-dis] Re: Suggestions for VSX

                    No, Michael...VSX does not have that feature. Sounds like a good
                    idea, at first blush, although I don't think we ever envisioned VSX as
                    being an observation planning tool, per se. At least not in the
                    context of a particular observer's geo-location. Paul Rodman's
                    AstroPlanner does a REALLY good job of that, but of course can't take
                    advantage of the entire VSX dataset...yet. I have been talking with
                    Paul about engineering some VSX query capability into AstroPlanner so
                    that it can bring up real-time VSX variables for a given sky view.
                    Maybe we can make that happen. Paul's typically very accommodating
                    about that kind of thing.

                    VSX does have basic magnitude filtering, though.

                    Christopher Watson
                    AAVSO VSX

                    On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 11:53 PM, michael.kran <michael.kran@ gmail.com> wrote:

                    > For what its worth, I joined vsx-dis just as I was thinking that
                    a
                    > query based on the observer's location, a filter on the altitude
                    of
                    > the object, and magnitude would be a nice addition.
                    ...
                    > My
                    apologizes if VSX already has this feature. I didn't see it, though
                    > I've
                    only just joined AAVSO today.

                  • Christopher Watson
                    I believe Paul has AstroPlanner catalogs for the GCVS and NSV (plus supplement), so a good amount of bona-fide and suspected variables for use in the program
                    Message 9 of 9 , Sep 9, 2008
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                      I believe Paul has AstroPlanner catalogs for the GCVS and NSV (plus
                      supplement), so a good amount of bona-fide and suspected variables for
                      use in the program right there. Of course, Paul can't keep these
                      catalogs in lock-step with the relentless advancements in the
                      refinement of their data, so that's why it would be a great idea for
                      AstroPlanner to be able to query VSX in the background for ALL
                      variables known to us within a given field of view. His program would
                      then be able to show, for example, that a new nova-like object that
                      just popped off last night (and got submitted to VSX a few hours ago)
                      culminates at 0230 that night.

                      We'll see what we can do.

                      -Christopher

                      On Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 1:10 AM, Michael Kran <michael.kran@...> wrote:
                      > Thank you for your reply. I have AstroPlanner, but I had not
                      > thought of it in terms of variable stars, even a sub-set of VSX.
                      > That would be a great solution!
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