(IAAC) Care and Feeding of the NetAstroCatalog list
THE CARE AND FEEDING OF THE "netastrocatalog" EMAIL LIST
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
III. POSTING *OBSERVATIONS*
IV. POSTING ANY OTHER MESSAGE
V. ACCESSING OTHER INFORMATION
VI. CONTACTING THE ADMINISTRATOR
I. First off, TO UNSUBSCRIBE FROM THIS LIST:
1) Send an email to the address:
FROM THE ACCOUNT WHICH IS SUBSCRIBED. In this email, you may
put any "Subject:" line you wish - it doesn't matter.
2) In the BODY of your email, put the following lines:
3) DON'T SEND UNSUBSCRIBES TO "firstname.lastname@example.org"!
II. If later on you then wish to RESUBSCRIBE TO THIS LIST:
1) Send an email to:
FROM THE EMAIL ACCOUNT WHICH YOU WISH TO BE SUBSCRIBED! In
this email, put any "Subject:" line you want - it's ignored.
2) In the BODY of your email, put the following lines ON TOP:
3) DON'T SEND SUBSCRIPTIONS TO "email@example.com"!
III. If you wish to post an ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATION for other subscribers to see (and which will then be posted on our Web archive), send an email to:
Be sure to put descriptive text in your Subject line for BOTH the object you're logging, and the INSTRUMENT you observed with. For example:
Subject: Obj: M31 Inst: 8" f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain
In the body of your email, please include AT LEAST your name, your level of observing experience, WHERE you observed from (was it in the middle of a city or way out in the pitch-black country?), and OF COURSE - WHAT YOU SAW! :>
For a sample observation, try the Web archive (see section V below).
IV. If you wish to send ANYTHING OTHER THAN ASTRONOMICAL OBSERVATIONS, please do NOT send them to the "netastrocatalog" address! Instead, post your email to the specially set-up "announcements" list at:
Everyone who is subscribed to 'netastrocatalog' is also subscribed to the 'netastrocatalog-announce' list! Whether your message is a question on how to use this list, or on how best to observe a particular object, or if you have some announcement to share with your fellow astronomers - ANYTHING - just send it to the *announce* list, and everyone on netastrocatalog will get it.
V. ACCESSING OTHER INFORMATION. First off, try the dedicated Web site at:
This Web site includes a sample format for posting your observations to the list, as well as a pointer to our WEB ARCHIVE OF OBSERVATIONS: look over all the observations posted over the last YEAR... A search engine is coming soon.
After that, there are a number of sites on the Web where you can get more information on amateur astronomy, and deep-sky observing in particular.
Webb Society (international organization of deep-sky amateurs):
Mark & Carol's Deep-Sky Home Page (great intro material!):
SEDS "Messier Database" (the Messiers are a good start):
Amateur Astronomers' Observing Log (both planetary & deep-sky):
RASC "Deep-Sky Challenge" list (these are real toughies):
Finally, if you've read all the Web sites and info files, and you STILL have some questions, try posting them to "firstname.lastname@example.org"!
VI. Last, any questions on HOW the 'netastrocatalog' list(s) work can be emailed to me, the list administrator, at the address: