How to find acronym of specific catalog in SIMBAD database? For example, I want to select stellar names, object types and all binary stars from "Stellar effective magnetic fields. II." catalog (Bychkov+, 2009; J/MNRAS/394/1338) via SIMBAD script page. How to do this?


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It's roughly like this:

set limit 100
format object form1 "%IDLIST(1) : %OTYPE(S)"
query sample (otypes = '*i*') & (bibcode='2009MNRAS.394.1338B')

To get the list of the bibcodes choose "Other" / "Catalogue collection" from the menue bar. The screen should look like SIMBA1

Then click the icon "Click to display the menu" at the left border: SIMBA2

Here you find the bibcode: enter image description here

  • $\begingroup$ perhaps you know where to find full list of SIMBAD catalogs acronyms like 'hip', 'ppm' etc. ? $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2014 at 20:30
  • $\begingroup$ @user2579566: Extended answer with info, how to access bibcodes. $\endgroup$
    – Gerald
    Feb 1, 2014 at 20:48

Click on the link "SIMBAD Objects (1224)" shown in this page

It seems Simbad doesn't have an specific acronym for the stars studied by Bychkov et al, because I was unable to find such acronym using Simbad's Dictionary of Nomenclature of Celestial Objects.

Since I knew that ADS shows a Simbad link for some articles, I searched for articles written by Bychkov in 2009 using The SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System Astronomy Query Form. That's how I find the first link in this answer.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you Bruno! I know this option, but I need to do this using SIMBAD script page because of many reasons. $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2014 at 20:14
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    $\begingroup$ Then, why would you not try "query bibobj" or "*query bibcode" commands? They are listed under "List of query commands:" in the link you provided. Or else, you could use ADQL. Try it here $\endgroup$ Feb 1, 2014 at 20:41

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