The Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams can now accept CCD images in support of discovery claims. Details on how to accomplish this are given below, should you be requested to send such images. Please ensure that you read all these notes carefully before submitting images.
Note that the Minor Planet Center cannot accept images of new minor planets for measurement--it is the observer's responsibility to obtain accurate coordinates. Claims for new discoveries of minor planets are not accepted unless there are precise astrometric measures on two nights.
Images not sent in a fashion consistent with the following guidelines may be ignored. If you cannot be bothered to follow our guidelines, we will not waste our time decoding and examining your images.
Images should not be sent by FAX, as the reproduction of images is generally very poor.
Images sent via e-mail must be encoded to avoid the need to transmit 8-bit characters. Such images should be UUENCODEd. You are asked not to use other encoding methods, especially BASE64 encoding. Users of MIME-compliant mailers are asked to ensure that BASE64 encoding is disabled.
Each image file should be sent as a separate file--do not concatenate multiple image files into one e-mail message.
Images may also be
ftp'd to our anonymous ftp server.
Exactly how you would ftp an image file is dependent on your software. The
general steps are as follows:
cfa-ftp.harvard.edu(IP number 188.8.131.52)
anonymousand give your e-mail address as a password
Note that you cannot list the contents of the
The text of the discovery report should be sent via e-mail and should
indicate there is an image file on the ftp site and note the file's
Images may be sent on the following types and formats of diskette:
We cannot accept high-density diskettes as it is currently very difficult for us to read high-density diskettes of any format. We hope this restriction will be lifted in the near future.
We regret that we cannot return diskettes.
Support for native formats of other makes of CCD camera (e.g., Meade Pictor, Axiom AX, HiSIS, Spectrasource Lynxx, etc.) will be added when documentation on their proprietary formats is made available to us. Manufacturers wishing us to support their cameras should use the feedback form to send us the necessary documentation and sample images (or tell us where to obtain such information on the WWW).
In addition, the orientation of the CCD image should be noted, specifically which direction in the image is north and which is east.
Indicate on how many images the suspect appears. This is very important as you should not report suspects on single images. Be selective in the images you send, e.g., for a nova/supernova suspect send one image from each night.