NEO Planner V5.0  -  Geo settings  -  Explanations

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Within the picture, click on the zone that you want to be explained: (not in all browsers available)

Copyright: The data comes from official access to web services from Google Maps. The parallax is from Bill Gray's online FindOrb website.


These settings are the first step in getting NEO Planner up and running.

Here you define the Geo settings data of NEO Planner.
It is important to enter all information very carefully. And remember to set up your own free account with IP GeoLocation.

Plausibility checks or actions are usually only carried out after leaving the cursor in the input field.

IAU Observatory Code::

As an example, G96 serves as an observatory site of the IAU. G96 Mount Lemmon Station detects a lot of NEO.
Enter your three-digit IAU code here and place the cursor on another field or push the TAB key.
You can create as many IAU codes as you want, each one has its own settings area.
If more than one IAU code is created, a selection screen will be displayed when launching NEO Planner.

Longitude, latitude and altitude:

The position data of the observatory are determined automatically based on the entered IAU code.
A web service from Bill Gray's Pluto Project is used for this purpose, which makes the converted parallax data available via an interface.

The position is displayed in the web browser via an interface to Google Maps. API Key:

Why is the free API key required for IP geolocation?
With the help of the key, NEO Planner can determine the necessary geodata for your location each time it is called.
These include, for example, the times of sunset or noon or midnight of the current day.
Together with some other individual settings, these data are required to calculate the observation slot within the observable objects are determined.

So that NEO Planner can always calculate with the current daily data,
it is absolutely necessary to end NEO Planner with X after the final end of a session so that all temporary files are deleted.

Every NEO Planner user has to request their own API key.
Enter your API Key of
'Free IP Lookup API and Accurate IP Location Finder', available on

Create an account and include your API Key:

Pressing the Login IP Geolocation button takes you to the website to create a free account.
This means that up to a maximum of 1000 accesses to the geodata per day are possible free of charge,
which of course is never required by the Neo Planner on this scale.

Load  IPGeolocation data:

By pressing the 'Load' button, some geographic data such as the current local time, local sunset and in UT and midnight UT are displayed.
The display of the data serves to verify correct access to IP geolocation.

NEOfixer API Key:

NEO Fixer is optional, can also be left empty.

The site is:
There you have to register with your IAU code and then, after verification, you will receive an API code that can be entered in the GEO settings.




Copyright: The author of NEO Planner and all sites of this web is Bernhard Haeusler, Dettelbach, Germany, all rights reserved