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Washington Double Star Catalog

(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:
IDSIDS 05200+2831 AIndex Catalog of Double Stars
WDSWDS 10494+5517 

Referenced by pages:
double star designation
Lacaille Star Catalog (Lac)
Stelle Doppie