STARCAT Information ESO/ST-ECF Archive

STARCAT is now becoming obsolete. Use it only to access astronomical catalogues or request special file types.
The WDB interface should now be used for accessing the ESO or HST archives.

STARCAT is a User Interface to a set of services available to astronomers and archival researchers. These services can be grouped in two main classes:
You can start starcat by rlogin -l starcat (no password required).
To retrieve off-line data you have to register as an archive user.
New features with STARCAT version 5.21 (Feb 96) include: A complete list of new features can be found in the STARCAT v5.21 release notes.


The list of astronomical catalogues within STARCAT currently contains at around 65 entries. You can take a look at the list of New Catalogues or New Preview data. The catalogues are arranged in two main categories: Mission Logs and Objects and Spectral Bands.

We also keep a Catalogue of Catalogues wich contains all catalogues available in Starcat and in the Centre de Donnees Stellaires in Strasbourg.

Some important catalogues within STARCAT include:

The HST Catalogue:
The HST catalogue is so large that many different views or screens of the contents are necessary. A series of menus provides access to these different screens.
The CFHT Catalogue:
The current CFHT catalogue is a very preliminary version. There are many screens, each of which provide a look a different parts of the catalogue.
The ESO Observation catalogue and schedule
Both the schedule of observations on ESO telescopes at The La Silla Observatory as well as the catalogue of observations performed with ESO's New Technology Telescope (NTT/EMMI) are available through STARCAT.
Astronomical Data Catalogues:
General Information Catalogues:
Included are an up to date list of all preprints received in the ESO library; a list of all astronomical observatories worldwide providing postal and e-mail addresses; a list of more than 5000 scientists worldwide; a list of the most common (official) abbreviations used in astronomy and their meaning.
Most of these catalogues have been collected from CDS, ASTRONET, STARLINK, NSSDC and STScI.


The second service provided by STARCAT is access to archives of data from different sources. These archives are typically stored off-line on optical disk. Accessible archives include: The retrieval facility will be described in this manual. Some details on the practical dearchiving rules have been regularly described in the lastest issues of the ST-ECF Newsletter.


A description of the HST interface can be found in a separate document.


The list of top-level commands within STARCAT is available.


The User Interface toolkit on which STARCAT is based is Proteus, another ST-ECF/CADC s/w product which is fully described in a separate document (see below). Proteus in turn uses the TermWindows library, a product of the ESO-IPG group, it allows STARCAT to be run on virtually any existing terminal that can connect to the ESO and CADC computers.

Proteus and TermWindows provide STARCAT with the following facilities:

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