Pointing the Telescope: Astronomical Coordinates and Sky Catalogs
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The observations of astronomical objects require the definition of a system of coordinates in the sky. The main astronomical coordinate systems are presented to allow the preparation of observations at telescopes and radio telescopes. The astronomical nomenclature of objects is presented, together with the resources for finding the coordinates and the access to the astrophysical data and the literature of a selected target. Astronomical catalogs are discussed.
KeywordsVery Long Baseline Interferometry Ecliptic Plane Solar Time Sidereal Time Astronomical Object
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