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Washington Double Star Catalog

(WDS)
(modern database of double stars)

The Washington Double Star Catalog is a database of double stars maintained by the USNO, that combines information from earlier such catalogs. For each entry, it includes a Latin-alphabet code-abbreviation indicating the discoverer, such as STF for Friedrich Struve rather than the traditional Σ So in addition to the traditional designations, such stars are often cited using these codes (e.g., STF2740; for Σ2740; see Struve Catalogs) or with a WDS designation.

The WDS is an outgrowth of the IDS (Index Catalog of Visual Double Stars), developed and previously maintained by Lick Observatory.


(catalog,stars,double stars)
Further reading:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Double_Star_Catalog
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Index_Catalogue_of_Visual_Double_Stars
https://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astrometry/optical-IR-prod/wds/WDS
https://ad.usno.navy.mil/wds/wdstext.html
https://ui.adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1963icvd.book.....J/abstract
PrefixExample  
IDSIDS 05200+2831 AIndex Catalog of Double Stars
WDSWDS 10494+5517 

Referenced by pages:
Lacaille Star Catalog (Lac)

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