The Deep Sky Database - an observing list generator
Welcome to the Deep Sky Database, an observing list generator for amateur astronomers who love searching for deep sky objects such as galaxies, open and globular clusters, bright and dark nebulae and more. The first 15 searches use the Saguaro Astronomy Club database version 8.1, dated March 22, 2010. The double star search uses the Saguaro Astronomy Club Double Star Database version 4.0, dated July 4, 2008. The red star search uses the Saguaro Astronomy Club Red Star database version 2.0, dated July 7, 2008. The asterism search uses the Asterism database by Steve Coe version 3.2, dated December 10, 2013. This online resource is possible thanks to all the members of the Saguaro Astronomy Club who have contributed over many years to help other amateur astronomers. Special thanks go to Steve Coe for maintaining this valuable resource and for making it freely available.
Note: This site has just undergone a major upgrade so if this is not your first visit, please be sure to refresh your browser (F5) on this page and any search query pages to insure you are seeing the latest version.
Saguaro Astronomy Club Database Searches
Bright and dark nebulae
Best of the NGC
Herschel 400 objects
Herschel 2500 objects
Asterisms, single and multiple stars with NGC designations
LMC and SMC objects
All objects within a constellation
Double stars within a constellation
Red stars within a constellation
Asterisms within a constellation
SAC Databases on Google Drive
Search the Saguaro Astronomy Club databases on Google Drive fusion tables - you can filter data, sort it and then download it to your computer (you'll need a Google account for downloading). To start, click on the blue Filter button, make your choices and watch your new data appear. You can filter by as many fields as you like, sort it and then download your filtered "view" to your computer for a custom tailored observing list to suit your needs. You can also download the entire database if you wish. If you can use a spreadsheet, you'll have no problem and, in fact, filtering a Google Drive fusion table is easier than in Excel or Open Office.
Other Deep Sky Observing List Generators and Observing Tools
You may also find these other resources useful in building your observing lists:
The NGC IC Observing List Generator - a great, versatile tool
DSO Browser - another great Observing List Generator
Darker View - another excellent Observing List Generator
Stelle Doppe - on online search engine for the Washington Double Star Catalog - great resource!
Carte du Ciel - great, free windows sky charting software
RTGUI - a Windows program that interfaces with Carte de Ciel to create observing lists
Hello Northern Sky - another great, free Windows sky charting program that includes the Saguaro Astronomy Club deep sky and double star databases, along with many other catalogs
This site is provided as a public service to the amateur astronomer community. For comments, bug reports and suggestions, please contact me by email - df at virtualcolony dot com. Clear skies!