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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.


(objects,designation)
https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-resources/names-of-deep-sky-objects/
PrefixExampleSurvey/Catalog  
A1689A1689-zD1rare designator prefixeslensed galaxy in Abell Catalog galaxy cluster 1689 fieldhttp://arxiv.org/abs/0802.2506
AnonAnon 0043-37rare designator prefixesfor "anonymous"
ArchesArches-F6rare designator prefixesobject within Arches star clusterhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arches_Cluster
AzTECAzTEC-3rare designator prefixesinstrumenthttp://arxiv.org/abs/0801.2779
BAT99BAT99-98rare designator prefixesauthors' initials & yearhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1999A%26AS..137..117B/abstract
BenBen 1rare designator prefixesviewable galaxieshttp://www.messier.seds.org/xtra/similar/bennett.html
BIBI 253rare designator prefixesauthors' initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1975A%26AS...21..109B/abstract
BPSBPS CS 22898-0066rare designator prefixesauthorshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1985AJ.....90.2089B/abstract
BRBR1202-0725 LAErare designator prefixesin UK Schmidt Survey B and R plateshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1996ApJ...468..121S/abstract
BRIBRI 1202-0725rare designator prefixesin UK Schmidt Survey B, R, and I plates
BrsOBrsO 14rare designator prefixesBrisbane Observatory double starhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Brisbane#Astronomer
BSOBSO 14rare designator prefixesBrisbane Observatory double starhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Brisbane#Astronomer
BSOBSO 1rare designator prefixes"blue stellar object" - early quasar detectionhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1965ApJ...142..412S
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 Observatoryhttp://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1086/124159/pdf
CiCi 20 483rare designator prefixesCincinnati Obs.https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1930PCinO..20....1P/abstract
COCO-0.40-0.22rare designator prefixesmolecular cloud
CPCP 1919rare designator prefixes"Cambridge pulsar"http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1976Ap%26SS..44..479T
CTACTA-102rare designator prefixesCaltech Radio Source list Ahttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1960PASP...72..237H
CTBCTB 22rare designator prefixesCaltech Radio source list Bhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1960PASP...72..331W/abstract
DM99DM99 10rare designator prefixesauthorshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1999AAS...194.6915M/abstract
EBLMEBLM J0555-57rare designator prefixesproject namehttps://arxiv.org/abs/1208.4940
EGGEGG 30rare designator prefixesauthorhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1990PASP..102..166E
EGGREGGR 131rare designator prefixesauthorshttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1965ApJ...141...83E
EGMEGM 100rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1976ApJS...30..351E/abstract
EliasElias 2-27rare designator prefixesThree papers by Eliashttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1978ApJ...223..859E
FMFM1rare designator prefixesDiscoverer's/Author's initialshttps://aas.aanda.org/articles/aas/pdf/2000/14/ds1831.pdf
FSFS 34rare designator prefixes"faint standard"https://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0102287
FuruhjelmFuruhjelm I 285rare designator prefixesaka FI-285, authorhttps://www.worldcat.org/title/recherches-sur-les-mouvements-propres-des-etoiles-dans-la-zone-photographique-de-helsingfors/oclc/2924170
GG0.238-0.071rare designator prefixesmaybe for "galactic coordinates"http://arxiv.org/abs/1009.2769
GATGAT 1373rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1973AJ.....78..769G/abstract
GCGSGCGS 1175rare designator prefixes"General Catalogue of Galactic S Stars"https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1984PW%26SO...3....1S/abstract
GCIRSGCIRS 13Erare designator prefixes"Galactic Center IR Source"http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1973ApJ...184..415R
GDGD 356rare designator prefixesGiclas dwarfhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1965LowOB...6..155G
GRGR 8rare designator prefixesDiscoverer's/Author's initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1956AJ.....61...69R/abstract
HaroHaro 29rare designator prefixesAuthorhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1953ApJ...117...73H
HBHB 2124-4228rare designator prefixesauthorshttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1988MNRAS.234..177H
HFLSHFLS3rare designator prefixesHerschel FLS field
HGHG 7-206rare designator prefixesGiclas (author), Hyades Clusterhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1962LowOB...5..257G/abstract
HLXHLX-1rare designator prefixes"hyperluminous X-ray source"
HolmbergHolmberg IIrare designator prefixesDiscovererhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1950MeLuS.128....5H
HSHHSH95 31rare designator prefixesauthors' initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1995ApJ...448..179H/abstract
HVHV 2112rare designator prefixes"Harvard Variable" star cataloghttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1946RA......1..385M
HZHZ 9rare designator prefixesdiscoverers' initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1947ApJ...105...85H/abstract
ISGISG 39rare designator prefixesAuthors' initials and G for galaxyhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1986A%26A...167...11I
KDGKDG 52rare designator prefixesAuthor's initial and DG for "dwarf galaxy"https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1968SoByu..39...61K/abstract
KeluKelu-1rare designator prefixesnamehttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1997ApJ...491L.107R/abstract
KKHKKH 060rare designator prefixesAuthors' initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2001A%26A...366..428K/abstract
KKRKKR 25rare designator prefixesAuthors' initialshttps://aas.aanda.org/articles/aas/pdf/1999/05/ds1603.pdf
KrugerKruger 60rare designator prefixes(or Kr) discovererhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1891AN....127..289B
KUIKUI 75rare designator prefixesauthor: Kuiper, sometimes KPR
KUVKUV 410-4rare designator prefixesKondo (author), UV excesshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1980AnTok..18...55N/abstract
LL 143-23rare designator prefixes1940s Luyten surveyshttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1939BHarO.911...24L
LalandeLalande 21185rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histoire_Celeste_Francaise
LAWDLAWD 13rare designator prefixesLuyten (author), white dwarfhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1949ApJ...109..528L
LEHPMLEHPM 1902rare designator prefixesLiverpool-Edinburgh high PMhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2003A%26A...397..575P/abstract
LGSLGS 3rare designator prefixes"Local Group, Suspected"http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1979ApJ...232L..11T
LHLH 10rare designator prefixesOB association, authorshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1970AJ.....75..171L/abstract
LHLH 10-3209rare designator prefixesstar within LH associationhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1999AJ....118.1684W/abstract
LHOLHO 110rare designator prefixesauthorshttps://arxiv.org/abs/0809.5199
LMC ABLMC AB 12rare designator prefixesLMC & authors' initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1979A%26A....75..243A/abstract
LSRLSR J0822+1700rare designator prefixesAuthors' initialshttp://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0207507
LuhmanLuhman 16rare designator prefixes(or LUH) discoverer
MaffeiMaffei 1rare designator prefixesAuthor namehttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1968PASP...80..618M
MalinMalin 1rare designator prefixesDiscovererhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1987AJ.....94...23B/abstract
MayallMayall IIrare designator prefixesused in 1953 paperhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1953PASP...65...24M/abstract
MBMB 3rare designator prefixesAuthors' initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1997AJ....113..981M/abstract
MCCMCC 481rare designator prefixesobservatoryhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1943ApJ....97..381V/abstract
MelnickMelnick 42rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1985A%26A...153..235M/abstract
MGCMGC1rare designator prefixesfor "Martin Globular Cluster", Nicolas Martin, primary authorhttp://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0607472
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"https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1933ApJ....78...87M/abstract
OoOo 2311rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1937AnLei..17A...1O/abstract
PP871rare designator prefixesauthor initialhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1993AJ....106..560P/abstract
PismisPismis 24-17rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1959BOTT....2r..37P/abstract
PrPr0201rare designator prefixesfor open cluster Praesepe
PSPS 130rare designator prefixesauthorshttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1978AJ.....83.1090P
QQ0051-279rare designator prefixesfor "quasar", referencing single surveyhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1993ApJS...87..451H
QQQQ2345+007rare designator prefixesdouble quasarhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1991AJ....101...66W
QQQQQQ J1432-0106rare designator prefixestriple quasarhttp://arxiv.org/abs/1302.0849
RensonRenson 570rare designator prefixes"General catalogue of Ap and Am Stars"https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1991A%26AS...89..429R/abstract
ReticulumReticulum II Dwarfrare designator prefixesconstellation name
RobRob 270rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1984AJ.....89.1229R/abstract
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
SherSher 25rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1965MNRAS.129..237S/abstract
SIPSSIPS1259-4336rare designator prefixescatalog from 2MASS datahttp://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0412127
SkSk -68 137rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1970CoTol..89.....S/abstract
SmSm 15rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1974PhDT........10S/abstract
SmethellsSmethells 15rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1974PhDT........10S/abstract
SOSO025300.5+165258rare designator prefixesmaybe "Skymorph object" or "stellar object"http://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0302206
SRSR 12rare designator prefixespaper by Struve & Rudkjøbing of stars in Ophiuchus and Scorpius cloudshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1949ApJ...109...92S/abstract
SSSS 433rare designator prefixesauthor initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1977ApJS...33..459S/abstract
SteinStein 2031rare designator prefixesdouble star discovererhttp://www.jdso.org/volume2/number4/Daley3.pdf
StephSteph 762rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1986AJ.....91..144S/abstract
StHAStHA 169rare designator prefixesauthor, H-alpha emitting starshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1986ApJ...300..779S/abstract
STISSTIS 123627+621755rare designator prefixesHubble Space Telescope STIS instrumenthttp://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0012037
StKMStKM 1-762rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1986AJ.....91..144S/abstract
TerzanTerzan 5rare designator prefixesSeries of papers re 12 globular clusters
TrumplerTrumpler 27rare designator prefixes(or "Tr"), authorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1930LicOB..14..154T/abstract
TSTS 335rare designator prefixesauthorshttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1974A%26A....36..155T
TVLMTVLM 513-46546rare designator prefixesauthor, "very low mass"https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1993ApJ...414..279T/abstract
UU 494rare designator prefixesabbreviatedhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1972AJ.....77..486U
UBVUBV 6193rare designator prefixescatalogs UBV datahttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1970pcmc.book.....B/abstract
UGPUGP 619rare designator prefixesauthor initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1972AJ.....77..486U/abstract
UMaUMa I dSphrare designator prefixesconstellation abbreviation: Ursa Major
UPGUPG 494rare designator prefixesauthorshttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1972AJ.....77..486U
VarVar 83rare designator prefixesM33 "variable"https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1975ApJS...29..303V/abstract
VBVB 8rare designator prefixesdiscoverer initialshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Biesbroeck%27s_star_catalog
VV2000cVV2000c J195928.3+404402rare designator prefixesAuthors' initialshttps://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/w3browse/all/veroncat.html
VVOVVO 230rare designator prefixesVan Vleck observatoryhttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1968AJ.....73..744G
VysVys 3rare designator prefixesauthor, same as MCChttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1943ApJ....97..381V/abstract
WesterlundWesterlund 1-26rare designator prefixes(or W26) cluster discovererhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1961AJ.....66T..57W/abstract
WillmanWillman 1rare designator prefixesname of a discovererhttp://arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0410416
WNCWNC 4rare designator prefixesor Winnecke 4, discoverhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnecke_Catalogue_of_Double_Stars
WoWo 9540 Crare designator prefixescatalog authorhttps://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/W3Browse/all/woolley.html
WOHWHO G64rare designator prefixesauthors' initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1981A%26AS...43..267W/abstract
WrayWray 17-96rare designator prefixesauthorhttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1966PhDT.........3W/abstract
WTWT 469rare designator prefixesauthor initialshttps://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1994A%26AS..105..179W/abstract
YBPYBP 1194rare designator prefixesAuthor initialshttp://arxiv.org/abs/0803.0004
YGKOWYGKOW G1rare designator prefixesAuthors' initialshttp://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1980ApJ...241..507Y
z8z8 GND 5296rare designator prefixesapparently for "z rounds to 8, GOODS North Deep"

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