I'm expanding my carbon star list beyond the Astronomical League list.
I found a thread on CN where Bill Paolini provided a very nice list of carbons.
There are stars on the list that I have no idea of their catalog to be able to look them up.
I've tried punching in the coordinates in SSpro but have not had luck with that route either.
Maybe there's a site where I can reverse-lookup using coordinates and it tells me the star?
Here's some examples of the star IDs in the list. Fairly certain they're not HR, HD or HIP either.
C* 2138 (fairly certain the C* is not part of the ID# but can't figure it out)
Thoughts or suggestions much appreciated, I really want to see some of these!
Some have beaten me to this, SIMBAD ID search is the best route, and although your result page may have a different title than the name you put in, that is because it allows a large number of cross identifications as well. Most of the above will likely work. The important bit to you is the C* bit, which I will mention last.
2MASS is a near infrared allsky catalogue
GSC is the Guide Star Catalogue. Incidentally Tycho identifiers use the same system, except with an added number on the end often to show whether stars are single or not. For example this star will be TYC 04046-00813-1 . Sometimes things will work without the -1 at the end for TYCHO searches (eg software), or without preceeding zeroes. Sometimes not.
CD and CpD are Durchmusterungs. Look that word up in wikipedia. CD is Cordoba (Argentina) CpD is Cape Photographic (South Africa), once upon a time you only had these to get down to magnitude 9. You will have likely heard of BD for the common most Durchmusterun, these are southern hemisphere extensions. The first one I think may have been SD, which took things just a bit more south than BD, at least I don't think it is called SBD, which would be unfortunate.
VES looks likely to be a red star list. I'm wrong. If you look at SIMBAD one link is to a 'nomenclature dictionary' and it says several but the likely one is Vatican Emission Star, which is a bit of a surprise for a carbon star.
C* is actually SIMBAD specific shorthand for carbon star, unique to simbad, someone has just copied it.
However, the number will be the number in the CGCS, which stands for Cool Galactic Carbon Star (interpret the word 'cool' however you wish). The last edition was the second edition, or possibly the third?, and it too evolved from an earlier carbon star list. In the past certain professional astronomers with a specialisation used to make compilation catalogues of specific types of objects by wading through the literature, and then people would notifiy them directly on new discoveries or they'd see them in new papers from targetted spectroscopic surveys or something and they would grow in size. Most of these people have retired now and such catalogues are rarely udpated, but their data is still as valid today, especially in the magnitude ranges most amateurs will be able to achieve.
If you see something like C* 1234 then it will be CGCS 1234.
The full catalogue is available via VizieR, here is the direct link to the third edition (not all numbering stays the same in all editions) :-
if you clicked the all columns tickbox at bottom and typed in 2138 in the box with CGCS to the left of it you will get all the CGCS catalogue data available for that star.
Coordinates are a bit out of date, but you can use 2MASS for that. It didn't work because the 2MASS identifier excludes the decimal point. You have to add them. 2MASS identifiers use 1 decimal place for declination and 2 decimal places for RA.
J06365403+0305233 = RA 06h 36m 54.03s +03d 05' 23.3" in sexagesimal to J2000. In SIMBAD you have to use spaces, so that would be 06 36 54.03 +03 05 23.3 in the coordinate box. Use whatever your software prefers.
Finally, Guide by projectpluto has a system for showing carbon stars from this catalogue with little red x marks and the number in red, do a webearch on carbon stars and guide and projectpluto. I would be surprised if similar is not available in other software.