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Adding more catalogs to data base

You have a fantastic product! The only shortcoming that I see is its catalog limitations, which is easily fixed. Right now if I convert an observing list in AstroPlanner to .skylist format, objects on the list but not in your database just disappear. I suggest that you add more catalogs, say quasars, pulsars, maybe the entire WDS catalog, etc. I've already paid to get all the catalogs you offer. Thanks!

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    Chris

    Could it be that objects are disappearing because of naming conventions of objects as opposed to them not being in SkySafari? I'm assuming you're using 6 Pro? It's very rare that I'm looking for an object that doesn't appear in SS6 so I'm curious to see which objects and catalogs you're referencing. I did a quick search for WDS in SS and it returned 10k objects, the maximum for their search. Looks like this entire catalog may very well already be included. I actually thought, and maybe this is wrong, that SS6 Pro had the largest database of any astronomy software out there?

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    Tfowler

    It does not have quasars or pulsars, which use a special naming convention.  You can try typing in one of them and you'll see that you get no hits.  AstroPlanner has a huge database of catalogs, much larger than SkySafari.

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    Chris

    SkySafari has previously said they have 700 pulsars and 18,000 quasars. Is that not true? Being a mobile software, I think they generally get down around 18th magnitudes in galaxies and 16.5 in stars. I think they've sometimes added catalogs when people request them, but it usually turns out they're already there.

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    Tfowler

    Chris--

    Interesting.  They don't come up under standard IDs.  I'll have to figure out how SkySafari identifies them.  If I export a list of pulsars or quasars from AstroPlanner in SkySafari format, they don't show up in Sky Safari.  AstroPlanner uses standard IDs, such as 0157+6212, a pulsar in Cassiopeia.  The ID is taken from the RA and the Dec of the object.  If you type this ID into SkySafari, nothing comes up.

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    Tfowler

    Chris--

    Also check standard quasar names, such as 3C273, the brightest quasar.  This also comes up unknown in SkySafari.

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    Tfowler

    Yes that works.  Must use space between 3C and 273.  That's the trick. Without the space it doesn't work.   Thanks Chris!

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