These are an assortment of catalogs which the high-energy astronomer may
find useful, either in themselves or for cross-correlation purposes versus
our X-ray and gamma-ray catalogs and databases. We have somewhat arbitrarily
divided this broad category into 7 sub-categories:
These include catalogs of
RC3, the Third Reference Catalog of Galaxies), clusters of galaxies (e.g.,
the Abell Catalog), and of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and quasars (e.g., the
Veron-Cetty and Veron Catalog of Quasars and AGN). Notice that catalogs of
the contents of nearby galaxies are not listed here, but in the
sub-category corresponding to the type of objects being tabulated: thus,
a catalog of bright stars in M31 will be under the `Star Catalogs' class.
These are catalogs that have (mostly) been
created by the HEASARC by concatenating the basic parameters from a set of
related catalogs: e.g., XRAY is a master database that contains most of the
modern era X-ray source identifications. These master catalogs contain only a
few of the more important parameters that are in common in the various
constituent catalogs, e.g., the XRAY catalog contains the names, positions,
X-ray count rates and fluxes (and associated errors, when available),
and a few other parameters; for more detailed information, the user should
switch to the specific member database(s) after having found an entry of
interest in a master catalog. The INFRARED master catalog was not created
by the HEASARC, notice, but is the Gezari et al. Catalog of Infrared
These are catalogs of gaseous nebulae, such as
planetary nebulae, supernova remnants (SNR), and HII regions.
These are catalogs that are either of wide
general interest or that contain a variety of objects that cut across our
somewhat arbitrary divisions. Currently, only a handful of catalogs have been
placed in this sub-category, inclusing the Hubble Space Telescope Guide Star
Catalog (GSC), the Messier Catalog, and the NGC2000 Catalog.
Most of the HEASARC's catalogs are
related to catalogs containing lists of objects that have associated celestial
co-ordinates (RA, Dec). However, there are some other types of physics data that
are needed in order to do astrophysical analyses, and the HEASARC has started
to gather these together into a sub-category called `Physics Data Catalogs'.
Presently there is only a couple of catalogs of this type (listings of X-ray
lines and bound-free edges), but more are in preparation.
These are catalogs of radio sources, including
both large surveys (e.g., the Dixon Catalog) as well as more specialized
catalogs (e.g., the Taylor et al. Radio Pulsar Catalog).
These are catalogs of stars and of stellar
clusters, both in our own Milky Way Galaxy and in other Local Group galaxies.
This sub-category includes both general star catalogs such as the SAO and HD
Catalogs, but also specialized catalogs of specific types of stars, such
as VSTARS, the General Catalog of Variable Stars, and XRBCAT, the Catalog
of X-Ray Binaries.
The HEASARC is always adding more catalogs to its database: if there are
any not presently included that you think that we should ingest, please e-mail us.
Page Author: Browse Software Development Team
Last Modified: 12-Nov-2003