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Overview

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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'Duffett-Smith's book and diskette are to be very highly recommended in this competitive market to serious students particularly.' Irish Astronomical Journal

'… an interesting addition to the astronomical computing library … it addresses (its objectives) successfully and with authority.' Patrick Wallace, The Observatory

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2000

    Very easy and very accurate astronomical calculations

    Easy PC Astronomy provides in AstroScript a simple and easy to use high level programming language that can produce data with a high degree of mathematical precision that I have not found surpassed and perhaps not equaled by any other language format.

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