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Astronomy with your Personal Computer - Peter Duffett-Smith

Astronomy with your Personal Computer

Paperback Published: 3rd September 1990
ISBN: 9780521389952
Number Of Pages: 272

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The first edition of this very successful book was a winner of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's "Astronomy Book of the Year" award in 1986. The popularity of the book's programs is based on the ease with which the amateur astronomer can perform calculations on a personal computer. The routines are not specific to any make of computer and are user-oriented in that they utilize a simple version of the BASIC programming language and require only a broad understanding of any particular problem. Seven new subroutines in this new edition can be linked in any combination with the existing twenty-six. Since the programs themselves take care of details, they can be used, for example, to calculate the time of rising of any of the planets in any part of the world at any time in the future or past, or they may be used to find the circumference of the next solar eclipse visible from a particular place. In fact, almost every problem likely to be encountered by the amateur astronomer can be solved by a suitable combination of the routines given in this book. Peter Duffett-Smith is the author of another popular astronomy book: Astronomy with Your Calculator (3rd Edition), also published by Cambridge University Press.

Industry Reviews

"This is a work which all amateur astronomers will want to possess." Times Higher Education Supplement "This is one of the best publications of its type on the market today. The book is well written and illustrated. It is highly recommended." Journal of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers "...an example of how wonderful a tool a computer and a few programs can be. With the subroutines in this book, the amateur astronomer can have more time to concentrate on the heavens and leave the earthly work of astronomical computations to the computer...a good sourcebook for those amateur astronomers who are not afraid of some simple programming or for getting someone who is familiar with programming interested in astronomy. It could be useful to those who want more accuracy in their space games." William H. MacIntosh, Computing Reviews

Using your personal computer for astronomy
Default value input routine
Y or N input routine MINSEC converts between decimal hours/degrees and min/sec form
JULDAY calendar date to Julian day number since 1900 Jan. 0.5
CALDAY Julian day number since 1900 Jan. 0.5 to calendar date
TIME converts between local civil and sidereal times
EQHOR converts between equatorial and horizon coordinates
HRANG converts between right ascension and hour-angle
OBLIQ calculates the value of the obliquity of the ecliptic
NUTAT finds corrections for nutation in longitude and obliquity
EQECL converts between equatorial and ecliptic coordinates
EQGAL converts between equatorial and galactic coordinates
GENCON converts between any of the coordinate systems
PRCESS1 approximate precession of equatorial coordinates
PRCESS2 rigorous precession of equatorial coordinates
PARALLX converts between geocentric and apparent position
REFRACT calculates the effect of atmospheric refraction
RISET finds the circumstances of rising and setting
ANOMALY solves Kepler+s equation for elliptical motion
SUN finds the ecliptic coordinates of the Sun
SUNRS finds the circumstances of sunrise and sunset
PELMENT returns the orbital elements of the major planets
PLANS finds the position of a planet
MOON finds the position and parallax of the Moon
MOONRS finds the circumstances of moonrise and moonset
MOONNF finds the times of new and full moon
ECLIPSE finds the circumstances of lunar and solar eclipses
Displays an eclipse in graphical form
ELOSC finds positions from osculating elliptical elements
RELEM converts ecliptic orbital elements from one epoch to another
PCOMET finds the position of a comet from parabolic elements
PFIT finds parabolic elements from observations
EFIT finds elliptical elements from observations
List of variables
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ISBN: 9780521389952
ISBN-10: 052138995X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 3rd September 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.31 x 19.53  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised