Problem importing AAVSO format data into Peranso

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:46


I have tried to import AAVSO format data into Peranso Ver 2.51 without success.

Under OBsWin -> Add ObsSet for ObsWin --> Modify format...   I have selected File, 3 columns (Ignore,Time,Mag) , comma delimited and "AAVSO (>=2009) format".

In the preview table I get a "0" for the Ignore column (not sure what this means), the JDN for Time column (seems ok), but just blanks for the Mag column.

I have tried reading the Peranso Manual, perhaps I am not picking the correct options.

Any help would be appreciated.









American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Peranso - A manual Solution

(1) Open the AASVO report. (2) Open Excel or another suitable spread sheet. (3) Copy all from the AAVSO report and import it into excel. (4) Copy the three columns containing JD, Mag and error. (5) Open Peranso: File -> New. Observation Window -> Add observation set-> Paste Data. If you have Peranso set up for these three columns your data are correctly entered. If not make sure to modify the format.

Back in the old days I seem to remember a trick where you could extract particular rows from comma-delimited txt file like the AAVSO report. But my old brain forgot it. No doubt you could make a little program to do the extraction. But this method is fairly fast and mostly painless. And you can do a bit with the excel file like plotting.


Bundesdeutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Veranderliche Sterne e.V.(Germany) (BAV)
Geany Editor - Minima27 from Bob Nelson


another way would be to use an editor which can select certain columns. I have the same problem with Minima27 from Bob Nelson of varsouth.

In Minima27 the format JD, MAG, error is also needed.

With Geany

one can select with ALT + mouse certain columns. I'll rename the Muniwin AAVSO extended file to min.txt and delete all columns i do not need. (Or you'll copy the needed ones into a new file..)


regards wbea


American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO)
Peranso AAVSO Report Format


The format of an AAVSO Report is 15 columns/fields, with comma delimiters. Ignore the first 7 rows (#). Set that up as your default file format in Peranso. 

Ignore the first field (target), second field is Date, third field is Mag, fourth field is MagErr. Ignore all others. 

Leave that as your normal format. Just open the entire AAVSO Report. Works fine.


PS: Wish I could attach a screen shot!  ;-(