In the next step you will see a replica of your form where we have modified the Action attribute of the form to send its output to one of our CGI scripts. Just fill out the form as you would for a user query using the special keywords given below for the position and search size values. Then submit the request as if it were a request to your service.
After you submit the request, a CGI script here will analyze the results and present you with the resulting configuration file. Take a look at this form and if it seems reasonable to you, simply mail it to us at:
See below or click on field names for help filling out the form...
Describing the Service
Astrobrowse works by emulating the user coming to a Web form, filling
out a search request and submitting it. We need to
know something about the service to help describe it to users
and to tell the software how to query it. The purpose of
each field is described below.
0.5. If it wants the radius in dd mm ss format, enter
00 30 00. Note that in the next form, when you fill in the radius use the special string appropriate to your form (e.g., if your form uses decimal degrees, put the string "$raddeg_f$" in the appropriate place).
It's possible that a single Web page may contain several forms. Simply fill out the form that does a coordinate-based search and submit that one.
If the form allows querying of several different services depending upon the options chosen, then it is perfectly reasonable to create several configuration files. Using the browser Back button the user can edit the descriptions on the previous page and then choose different options on the form.
After the form is filled out as you would anticipate a user filling it, simply submit the form exactly as a user would, by clicking on your submit button.
|$hmsdms$||RA and Dec in HH MM SS.f DD MM SS.f (J2000)|
|$hmsdms1950$|| ||Same as above in epoch B1950.|
|Right Ascension formats:|
|$hms$||RA in HH MM SS.f format (J2000)|
|$hms1950||Same as above in epoch B1950.|
|$ra$||The RA in decimal degrees (J2000)|
|$ra1950$||Same as above in epoch B1950.|
|$rahd$||The RA in decimal hours (J2000)|
|$rahd1950$||Same as above in epoch B1950.|
|$rah$, $ram$, $ras$ or $rasd$||The components of the sexigesimal RA (J2000) ($rasd$ has decimal fractions of a second)|
|$rah1950$, $ram1950$, $ras1950$ or $rasd1950$||Same as above in epoch B1950.|
|$dms$||The Declination in DD MM SS.f format (J2000)|
|$dms1950||Same as above in epoch B1950.|
|$dec$||The Declination in decimal degrees (J2000)|
|$dec1950$||Same as above in epoch B1950.|
|$decd$, $decm$, $decs$ or $decsd$||The componenents of the sexigesimal Dec (J2000) ($decsd$ has decimal fractions of a second)|
|$decd1950$, $decm1950$, $decs1950$ or $decsd1950$||Same as above in epoch B1950.|
|Galactic coordinates formats:|
|$galL$||the galactic longitude in decimal degrees.|
|$galB$||the galactic latitude in decimal degrees.|
|search radius formats:|
|$radius$||The radius (or box size) to search in integer arc-minutes|
|$radius_f$||The radius (or box size) to search in decimal arc-minutes|
|$raddeg$||The radius (or box size) to search in integer degrees|
|$raddeg_f$||The radius (or box size) to search in decimal degrees|
|$radsec$||The radius (or box size) to search in integer arc-seconds|
|$radsec_f$||The radius (or box size) to search in decimal arc-seconds|
|$raddms$||the radius (or box size) to search in DD MM SS format|
|$raddms_f$||the radius (or box size) to search in DD MM SS.f format|
|Object Name formats:|
|(note, since the use of names is dependent on different name resolvers, it is best to use this data type only with forms that do not accept coordinates, only names)|
|$samename$||The object name with no case changes|
|$name$||Same as above, but all in lowercase|
|$NAME$||Same as above, but all in uppercase|
|$Name$||Same as above, but first letter in uppercase, the rest in lowercase|