[vsnet-alert 11730] Re: CSS CV naming convention

Mike Simonsen mikesimonsen at mindspring.com
Mon Dec 14 11:46:06 JST 2009

It is true that in the past AAVSO reporting conventions and software
required a ten character limit, but this is no longer the case, so we
and all our observers are able to conform to the proper naming of CVs
discovered in outburst for the first time by the Catalina Sky Survey,
as well as the full SDSSJxxxxxx.xx+xxxxxx.x names when reporting

We are entering the age of license plate named objects discovered by
surveys with their own naming conventions. We might as well start
respecting their propriety and rights in naming and discussing these
objects in forums and papers.

If the date of original discovery of uniqueness is part of that name,
so be it. Subsequent detections of the same object should not ignore
or disrespect the original discoverers' contribution. You can't claim
discovery or uniqueness of a subsequent detection and then rename the

That is nearly as silly as me calling the next detection of UV Per in
outburst SimonsenJ021008.00+571120.0

Mike Simonsen
Vice President
American Association of Variable Star Observers
49 Bay State Rd.
Cambridge, MA 02138

On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 8:47 PM, Taichi Kato
<tkato at kusastro.kyoto-u.ac.jp> wrote:
>> Let me say for the record, that the CV Section, respectful of the
>> rights of the Catalina Real-Time Sky Survey, will use the full proper
>> names of these objects in its mailing lists, ...
>   We can of course receive reports with either name (OT J or CSS).
> But, please use "the full proper names" and do not make abbreviations
> such as CSS090213.  If your spreadsheets (or any reporting software)
> can not hold object names longer than 10 characters, we strongly urge
> rewriting the program.  When your program absolutely requires
> an abbreviation, a coordinate-based abbreviation is less confusing.

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