Teasing on Observing Runs…

As announced a few days ago, the Observing Sites page is back online. It is a very basic and functional page for now. There are still a few things in the Javascript Framework I use (Vue.js) I need to explore. In particular: the possibility to edit and add observing sites isn’t yet available.

But here is something I am busy with right now: Observing Runs, for which I needed Observing Sites. Looks like a online version of iObserve… 

A very first selection of an observing site inside the Observing Runs dashboard.

I know, I am building again a 3-columns-with-topbar layout… But I think this is clearly the most adapted to a pro app like that. More to come soon! 

Making an auxiliary app about Observing Sites…

… on the road to iObserve 2!  

As you certainly know if you read this blog a bit, here and especially here, I am preparing, slowly, a version 2 of my famous app for astronomers: iObserve. One key thing about it are observatories, over and over again. The problem of managing different places, being able to record your own places, possibly sharing them etc, exists since the inception of the app, when it was only in a widget form… 

In the course of the years, I’ve developed a lot of things about it and never found it entirely satisfactory. Then came arcsecond.io

Arcsecond.io was first intended to be the backend for a much lighter iObserve client. But it appears it can solve a lot of things! And the first thing it can solves is to be the one-place-to-go for everything about observatories in the world. 

Hence, one of the primary mission of arcsecond.io is to record, store, share, make available all the information about such places.

And the only way to correctly develop, test, bullet-proof the observing sites at arcsecond.io is to build an app, using the arcsecond.swift and SwiftAA sdks. So here it is, for the visible part:

Of course, as soon as it gets ready to edit and display useful things about all observatories, and you can add your own etc, you’ll get your hands on it! 

 

 

Introducing exoplanets, observing sites, telegrams and converters @ arcsecond.io

What an exciting time! I am very happy to announce that partial implementations of exoplanets, observing sites, telegrams and converters are now available at arcsecond.io! Moreover, People, Finding Charts and Publications have been also included in the pipe and will be announced later, once available.

Let’s go through it. First, exoplanets. I’ve been using exoplanet.eu catalog since a long time in iObserve, and the current implementation in arcsecond.io uses that source. By itself, this catalog is already an aggregation of multiple sources. But the real value of arcsecond.io is integration. Hence, the exoplanets will be a consolidation of what exoplanet.eu return with that of the NASA Exoplanet Archive

To access an individual planet, follow this example:

api.arcsecond.io/1/exoplanets/51 Peg b

To access the whole catalog, leave empty the exoplanet name.

Second, observing sites. The story about these observing sites is amazingly long, since it became a concern at the origin of iObserve, when it was only a … dashboard widget, 10 years ago, with OSX Tiger! This is a new implementation now, and the definitive one, in arcsecond.io. It will allow to build a community-based source of information about observatories and observing sites.

As for now, the static list of observatories available in iObserve is available in GET only. But a lot more will come. Here is an example:

api.arcsecond.io/1/observingsites/La Silla

Same as before, leave empty the site name to get the whole list. You can also filter the list by continent (more filters will come):

api.arcsecond.io/1/observingsites?continent=Europe

Next, Telegrams! Very happy to have started this section. Troubles will come with IAU Circulars, but at least here comes a partial implementation of Astronomer’s Telegram (GRBs will also be added soon):

api.arcsecond.io/1/telegrams/ATel/7899

And finally converters. This is the logical completion of the sections, following iObserve own sections. As for now, I have only a basic support for converting coordinates. For instance:

api.arcsecond.io/1/converters/coordinates/ra/3.456/dec/70.2455

Stay tuned for a lot more!

Image Credits: E.S.O. / B. Tafreshi (twanight.org)