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  • 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 1 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 2 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.
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        >
        > 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 8 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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