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How do I find out all of the, e.g., planetary nebulae that have been observed?
Posted by z-Schuyler Van Dyk on 04 December 2008 11:47 AM
Sorry, but there is no elegant way to search our archive just by object type. (I suspect that such a search would not be terribly practical in the following sense: any such search will turn up hits in pretty much all of the large surveys, at the very least GLIMPSE and MIPSGAL.)

There are a few different ways you can search for objects such as PNe in our archive.

You can construct your own list of PNe. Unless you trust SIMBAD (or NED) to resolve the coordinates from the names, you should tabulate the RA and Dec and then you can search by position for a whole list of objects at once.

Another thing to do is have a look at the list of titles and abstracts for all accepted programs. At the top of this page, there is a complete list of titles (listed alphabetically by PI). By scanning the titles, you can find that the two GTO programs pid 77 and 68 look promising for PNe. You can also check ADS for access to the abstracts for Spitzer Programs You can download all of the AORs for each of these programs (Spot/File menu/"View program") and see exactly what these observers have planned. If the data are already public, the archive will let you download the data.