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This snapshot shows a comet loading process with progress bars

 

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

Actual NEOCP objects:

It is possible here to load the current NEOCP objects for information. This is not necessary for the actual planning, as the NEOCP data is always reloaded there.

Actual NEO:

All selected NEO are determined based on the current NEAM00.txt. 
The loading should only be done after the DOU (Daily Orbit Update) of the MPC has been published.
Usually the update takes place after 12UT of the current day. In fact, the calculation process in the Neo Planner only makes sense after the current DOU!

Actual comets:

Loading the current comets, which were last published by the MPC with MPEC XXX: OBSERVATIONS AND ORBITS OF COMETS AND A / OBJECTS.
The list shows those comets which have been newly observed since the last publication.

In addition, all recently observed comets are loaded from the Spanish comet observer site CometasObs and supplemented with the MPC list.
The Spanish comet watchers usually publish their measurements once a week on Thursdays. So it makes sense to load the comets once a week on Friday.

Attention: Due to the waiting time of weeks before the publication of new observations, there may be shifts to the current real Vmag.
Also rarely observed outbursts of brightness can deviate from the MPC publications.

In the case of comets, however, due to the great distance from the Earth, usually there are no significant deviations in the brightness and are therefore not relevant for the planning process.

The last observation date of the observable comets is loaded and the Vmag of the last 10 observations is averaged to determine the current real Vmag.

Actual MPCOrb.dat

The MPCOrb.dat file is not used for planning. However, it is used by Astrometrica and can optionally be loaded here. Please adjust the file settings in Astrometrica if necessary.

Actual DAILY.DAT

The DAILY.DAT file is not used for planning and can optionally be loaded here.

 

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 IAU codes: B82 Maidbronn and K87 Dettelbach Vineyard Observatory