Index Catalogue of Visual Double Stars

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The Index Catalogue of Visual Double Stars, or IDS, is a catalog of double stars. It was published by Lick Observatory in 1963 and contains measurements for 64,250 objects, covering the entire sky.[1][2] The database used to construct this catalog was later transferred from Lick Observatory to the United States Naval Observatory, where it became the basis for the Washington Double Star Catalog.[3]

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  1. ^ pp. 723–724, The Observer's Guide to Astronomy: Volume 1, Patrick Martinez and Storm Dunlop, Cambridge University Press, 1994, ISBN 0-521-45898-6.
  2. ^ Index catalogue of visual double stars, 1961.0, Hamilton M. Jeffers, Willem H. van den Bos, and Frances M. Greeby, Publications of the Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton: University of California, Lick Observatory, 1963,
  3. ^ The Washington Double Star Catalog Archived 2008-09-17 at the Wayback Machine, Brian D. Mason, Gary L. Wycoff, and William I. Hartkopf, astrometry department, United States Naval Observatory; accessed on line July 22, 2008.