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Using SIMBAD to look at images taken by other telescopes

SIMBAD is a site provides access to data, images and papers relevant to all types of astronomical objects. You can use it to preview objects to help decide whether you want to oberve them.


  1. Click on this link to go to the SIMBAD home page:
  2. http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/sim-fid.pl

  3. Enter the 'Identifier' (e.g. M1 or NGC 4321 or Owl Nebula) and click 'Submit'

    Various information is returned, including alternative names and the coordinates in various systems.

  4. Look for the Aladdin previewer link further down the page. Click this and after a short wait you will get a black and white image taken by another (usually less powerful) telescope.

  5. To return to the SIMBAD home page click the Internet Explorer Back button three times.


Using DSS instead to look at images taken by other telescopes:

    Go to Digitised Sky Survey instructions


Richard Beare      5th October, 2004