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/observations version 2

10 Nov 2011, 16:07 UTC
/observations version 2
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Last year I wrote about the /observations project I worked on at LCOGT. The aim was to provide a web page for every public observation taken using the LCOGT network of telescopes and also provide ways to browse the images. It worked well but I knew there were improvements to be made. This week we've released version 2.The first improvement is to allow you to browse by type of astronomical object. That is really easy as an idea but isn't so straight-forward to make work. Every observation needs to be classified. With 2 telescopes that would already be a big task for a person to do but would become a full-time job as the network expands next year. So, it had to be something that could be done automatically. Thankfully, one of my other projects - LookUP - came in useful. When a page is created for an observation, LookUP tries to work out what the object is by querying a range of astronomical databases. If it detects an object type it stores the AVM category code for it. Once that works, it's relatively easy to make the categories browseable. The result is that you can get observations of globular ...

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