Base Harvester Class

class tom_catalogs.harvester.AbstractHarvester

The AbstractHarvester provides an interface for implementing a harvester module to query catalogs.


Submits the specific query to the specified catalog.


term (str) – Value to search for within the catalog.


Instantiates a Target object with the data from the catalog search result.


Target representation of the catalog search result

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Gets the harvester classes available to this TOM as specified by TOM_HARVESTER_CLASSES in settings.py. If none are specified, returns the default set.


dict of harvester classes, with keys being the name of the catalog and values being the harvester class

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class tom_catalogs.harvesters.jplhorizons.JPLHorizonsHarvester

The JPLHorizonsHarvester is the interface to the JPL Horizons catalog. For information regarding the JPL Horizons catalog, please see https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/?horizons or https://astroquery.readthedocs.io/en/latest/jplhorizons/jplhorizons.html.

Minor Planet Center

Please note that there is an astroquery bug in 0.4.1 that breaks the MPCHarvester. In order to resolve this, either remove the MPC module from settings.TOM_HARVESTER_CLASSES, or install a pre-release version of astroquery using the following command:

pip install astroquery --upgrade --pre --use-deprecated=legacy-resolver
class tom_catalogs.harvesters.mpc.MPCHarvester

The MPCHarvester is the interface to the Minor Planet Center catalog. For information regarding the Minor Planet Center catalog, please see https://minorplanetcenter.net/ or https://astroquery.readthedocs.io/en/latest/mpc/mpc.html.


class tom_catalogs.harvesters.ned.NEDHarvester

The NEDHarvester is the interface to the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. For information regarding the NED catalog, please see https://ned.ipac.caltech.edu/ or https://astroquery.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ned/ned.html.


class tom_catalogs.harvesters.simbad.SimbadHarvester(*args, **kwargs)

The SimbadHarvester is the interface to the SIMBAD catalog. At present, it is only queryable by identifier. For information regarding identifier format, please see http://simbad.u-strasbg.fr/simbad/sim-fid or https://astroquery.readthedocs.io/en/latest/simbad/simbad.html.

Transient Name Server

class tom_catalogs.harvesters.tns.TNSHarvester

The TNSBroker is the interface to the Transient Name Server. For information regarding the TNS, please see https://www.wis-tns.org/.