More than 2,000 astronomical catalogs and data tables are in use. The older method of printing catalogs has been superceded by storing them on compact disks and as computer databases, which can be accessed over the Internet. Different catalogs have been compiled for different types of objects, parts of the sky, regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, and so forth. The ones listed here are particularly important because of their generality or frequency of use, or for historical reasons. ("Catalogue" is the UK spelling, "catalog" the American spelling. The version used here for any given work is that encountered most frequently in the literature.)


  • ACT Catalog
  • Aitken Double Star Catalogue (ADS)
  • Almagest
  • almanac
  • Alphonsine Tables
  • Astrographic Catalogue
  • Astronomical Almanac
  • Astronomische Gesellschaft Katalog (AGK)

  • Bonner Durchmusterung (BD)
  • Boss General Catalogue (GC)
  • Bright Star Catalogue

  • Cape Photographic Durchmusterung (CPD)
  • Carte du Ciel
  • C√≥rdoba Durchmusterung (CD)

  • ephemeris

  • Franklin-Adams charts
  • fundamental catalogue
  • Fundamental Katalog (FK)

  • General Catalogue of Variable Stars (GCVS)
  • Gliese Catalogue
  • Groombridge Catalogue
  • Guide Star Catalog (GSC)

  • Harvard Revised (HR) Photometry Catalogue
  • Henry Draper Catalogue (HD)
  • Hipparcos Catalogue (HIP)

  • Index Catalogue (IC)

  • Messier Catalogue

  • New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters (NGC)

  • Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS)

  • Shapley-Ames Catalogue
  • Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Catalog (SAO Catalog)
  • Southern Reference Stars (SRS)
  • Southern Sky Survey

  • Tycho Catalogue

  • Uranometria

  • Zwicky Catalogue