Easy PC Astronomy

Easy PC Astronomy

by Peter Duffett-Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521560527

ISBN-13: 9780521560528

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Easy PC Astronomy is the perfect book for everyone who wants to make easy and accurate astronomical calculations. The author supplies a simple but powerful script language called AstroScript on a disk, ready to use on any IBM PC-type computer. Equipped with this software, readers can compute complex but interesting astronomical results within minutes: from the…  See more details below

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Easy PC Astronomy is the perfect book for everyone who wants to make easy and accurate astronomical calculations. The author supplies a simple but powerful script language called AstroScript on a disk, ready to use on any IBM PC-type computer. Equipped with this software, readers can compute complex but interesting astronomical results within minutes: from the time of moonrise or moonset anywhere in the world on any date, to the display of a lunar or solar eclipse on the computer screen--all within a few minutes of opening the book! The Sky Graphics feature of the software displays a detailed image of the sky as seen from any point on earth--at any time in the future or past--showing the constellations, planets, and a host of other features. Readers need no expert knowledge of astronomy, math or programming; the author provides full details of the calculations and formulas, which the reader can absorb or ignore as desired, and a comprehensive glossary of astronomical terms. Easy PC Astronomy is of immediate practical use to beginning and advanced amateur astronomers, students at all levels, science teachers, and research astronomers. Peter Duffett-Smith is at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge and is the author of Astronomy with Your Personal Computer (Cambridge University Press, 1990) and Practical Astronomy with Your Calculator (Cambridge University Press, 1989).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521560528
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
BK&DISK
Pages:
166
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Programming in AstroScript; Time; The Celestial Sphere; Orbits; Sky Displays; Appendix A (AstroScript commands, General housekeeping commands, Input commands, Calculation commands, Display commands, Complex commands); Appendix B (The configuration file Setup.dat); Appendix C (Variables held in the data bank); Bibliography; Glossary of astronomical terms; Index; disk included for IBM PC-type computers.

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