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rare designator prefixes

(designator prefixes generally used for only a few objects)

These are prefixes used in designators of objects (e.g., stars or galaxies) that are used for no more than a few objects of current interest. Some are from a small survey or catalog, such as produced by/for a single study and others are from catalogs no longer in general use. Or such a designator might be for objects discovered in a particular stellar cluster. Papers occasionally coin such a prefix for the discoveries they announce, or such a prefix might be devised by someone to indicate an earlier study mentioning the object. In some cases, a prefix is based upon the author's name.

Such a designator is likely the result of an attempt to reference the discoverer or an author who found it of interest or otherwise cataloged it. Such an object may have been of little or specialized interest, but more recently has generated wider research interest, the obscure name being revived and effectively publicized. For example, extra-solar planet searches watching many stars spot exoplanets around stars previously of little individual interest, some of these exoplanets making them targets for additional research.

A1689A1689-zD1rare designator prefixeslensed galaxy in Abell Catalog galaxy cluster 1689 field
AnonAnon 0043-37rare designator prefixesfor "anonymous"
AzTECAzTEC-3rare designator prefixesinstrument
BenBen 1rare designator prefixesviewable galaxies
BRBR1202-0725 LAErare designator prefixesin UK Schmidt Survey B and R plates
BRIBRI 1202-0725rare designator prefixesin UK Schmidt Survey B, R, and I plates
BrsOBrsO 14rare designator prefixesBrisbane Observatory double star
BSOBSO 14rare designator prefixesBrisbane Observatory double star
BSOBSO 1rare designator prefixes"blue stellar object" - early quasar detection
CamelopardalisCamelopardalis Brare designator prefixesconstellation name
CarinaCarina Dwarfrare designator prefixesconstellation name
CasCas 1rare designator prefixesconstellation abbreviation
ChristieChristie's Leo Clusterrare designator prefixesfor discoverer "William H. Christie" of Mount Wilson Observatory
CiCi 20 483rare designator prefixesCincinnati Obs.
COCO-0.40-0.22rare designator prefixesmolecular cloud
CPCP 1919rare designator prefixes"Cambridge pulsar"
CTACTA-102rare designator prefixesCalTech Radio Source list A
CTBCTB 22rare designator prefixesCalTech Radio source list B
EGGEGG 30rare designator prefixesauthor
EGGREGGR 131rare designator prefixesauthors
EliasElias 2-27rare designator prefixesThree papers by Elias
FMFM1rare designator prefixesDiscoverer's/Author's initials
FuruhjelmFuruhjelm I 285rare designator prefixesaka FI-285, author
GCIRSGCIRS 13Erare designator prefixes"Galactic Center IR Source"
GRGR 8rare designator prefixesDiscoverer's/Author's initials
HaroHaro 29rare designator prefixesAuthor
HBHB 2124-4228rare designator prefixesauthors
HFLSHFLS3rare designator prefixesHerschel FLS field
HLXHLX-1rare designator prefixes"hyperluminous X-ray source"
HolmbergHolmberg IIrare designator prefixesDiscoverer
HVHV 2112rare designator prefixes"Harvard Variable" star catalog
HZHZ 9rare designator prefixesdiscoverers' initials
ISGISG 39rare designator prefixesAuthors' initials and G for galaxy
KDGKDG 52rare designator prefixesAuthor's initial and GD for "dwarf galaxy"
KKHKKH 060rare designator prefixesAuthors' initials
KKRKKR 25rare designator prefixesAuthors' initials
KrugerKruger 60rare designator prefixes(or Kr) discoverer
KUIKUI 75rare designator prefixesauthor: Kuiper, sometimes KPR
LL 143-23rare designator prefixes1940s Luyten surveys
LalandeLalande 21185rare designator prefixesauthor
LGSLGS 3rare designator prefixes"Local Group, Suspected"
LSRLSR J0822+1700rare designator prefixesAuthors' initials
LSSLSS 4067rare designator prefixes"Luminous Stars in the Southern Milky Way"
LuhmanLuhman 16rare designator prefixes(or LUH) discoverer
MaffeiMaffei 1rare designator prefixesAuthor name
MalinMalin 1rare designator prefixesDiscoverer
MayallMayall IIrare designator prefixesused in 1953 paper
MBMB 3rare designator prefixesAuthors' initials
MCCMCC 481rare designator prefixesobservatory
MGCMGC1rare designator prefixesfor "Martin Globular Cluster", Nicolas Martin, primary author
MlbOMlbO 4rare designator prefixesMelbourne Obs. discovery
MLOMLO 4rare designator prefixesMelbourne Obs. discovery
MRMR 2251-178rare designator prefixesmaybe for MIT Ricker?
MWCMWC 349rare designator prefixes"Mount Wilson Catalog"
OoOo 2311rare designator prefixesauthor
PrPr0201rare designator prefixesfor open cluster Praesepe
PSPS 130rare designator prefixesauthors
QQ0051-279rare designator prefixesfor "quasar", referencing single survey
QQQQ2345+007rare designator prefixesdouble quasar
QQQQQQ J1432-0106rare designator prefixestriple quasar
ReticulumReticulum II Dwarfrare designator prefixesconstellation name
RobRob 270rare designator prefixesauthor
SANDSAND364rare designator prefixespaper by "Sanders" re open cluster
SBSB-WF 3572-1508rare designator prefixesHubble Deep Field South SB field
SextansSextans Dwarf Sphrare designator prefixesconstellation name
SIPSSIPS1259-4336rare designator prefixescatalog from 2MASS data
SmSm 15rare designator prefixesauthor
SmethellsSmethells 15rare designator prefixesauthor
SOSO025300.5+165258rare designator prefixesmaybe "Skymorph object" or "stellar object"
SRSR 12rare designator prefixespaper by Struve & Rudkjøbing of stars in Ophiuchus and Scorpius clouds
SSSS 433rare designator prefixesauthor initials
SteinStein 2031rare designator prefixesdouble star discoverer
StephSteph 762rare designator prefixesauthor
STISSTIS 123627+621755rare designator prefixesHubble Space Telescope STIS instrument
StKMStKM 1-762rare designator prefixesauthor
TerzanTerzan 5rare designator prefixesSeries of papers re 12 globular clusters
TSTS 335rare designator prefixesauthors
UU 494rare designator prefixesabbreviated
UMaUMa I dSphrare designator prefixesconstellation abbreviation: Ursa Major
UPGUPG 494rare designator prefixesauthors
VBVB 8rare designator prefixesdiscoverer initials
VV2000cVV2000c J195928.3+404402rare designator prefixesAuthors' initials
VVOVVO 230rare designator prefixesVan Vleck observatory
VysVys 3rare designator prefixesauthor, same as MCC
WillmanWillman 1rare designator prefixesname of a discoverer
WoWo 9540 Crare designator prefixescatalog author
WTWT 469rare designator prefixesauthor initials
YBPYBP 1194rare designator prefixesAuthor initials
YGKOWYGKOW G1rare designator prefixesAuthors' initials
z8z8 GND 5296rare designator prefixesapparently for "z rounds to 8, GOODS North Deep"