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Usage of the Program ICQ_format
Current version: 2.1. Please do not use older versions.
To lighten the task of submitting observation we wrote the software ICQ_format.exe.
Please download this file and store it in a directory. Beside this
there is no further installtion necessary. The program writes the
file "ICQ.txt" which resides in the same directory like the program.
You can also use the desktop for this.
If you start the program you get the following screen:
When filling these fields please keep in mind:
- For a new set of observation press "Empty file". Old observations
will be cleared, you get an empty field with a heading.
comets are typed in the first field, the second remains empty. Not
numbered comets are given in the second field, the first remains empty.
destinations are given startin with the year of detection and without
spaces in the name. Periodic comets at their first apparition are
preceded by the letter P. Correct names are 2007N3, 2006OF2 and P2001Q6.
are given up to minutes. The software calculates the fractures of the
day by itself. Please use Universal Time. Please do not use leading
zeroes in dates: Don't use 03 for March, but simply 3.
can only use units given by the program: coma diameter in arc seconds,
tail length in degrees. Please use decimals to give a
small diameter or length.
- Some field require numbers to be
typed in, these are prefilled with 0. If you mistype one of these
fields, you get a run time error from the the software:
time errors can be closed by ok. After this you can correct your input.
You may get empty or incomplete lines in "ICQ.txt" which need to be
- It is possible to close the program and add later more lines.
software contains only a selsction of the abbreviatin lists. If you
wish to have added more instruments or catalogues please drop me a
March 1st, 2009 , 1830 UT I observed the comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin) with
my 10x30 pairs of binoculars. I measured the brightness to 5m7 using
the Tygho-2-cat. Die coma diameter was determined to 26 arc minutes,
the tail was 1.3 degrees long with a position angle of 220°. The comet
war rather strongly condensed with a not dominating stellar central
After pressing "Empty file" and "add to file" I found in
YYYY MM DD.DD eM mm.m:r AAA.ATF/xxxx dd.ddnDC t.tt ANG ICQ
2007N3 2009 3 1.771 S 5.7 TK
5.0B 10 26 s6 1.3
220 ICQ XX*PIL01
If you have problems with the usage of the program please consult the the german page.
It contains a step-by-step explanation whose images you may be able to
decifer. You may write me an email if you need more support.