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  • Spiral-bound: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4th edition (5 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521146542
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521146548
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.5 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The biggest change from previous editions is the inclusion of spreadsheets for nearly every calculation … All in all, this book does a good job at what it sets out to do. The formulas and algorithms are presented clearly and with an appropriate level of detail, and the spreadsheets supplement the text by showing an additional way to perform the computations without having to resort to a scientific calculator or writing your own programs.' Michael Coren, AstroMart.com

'This is a book replete with mathematical calculations but the opening pages to the various sections contain material of interest to the lay reader.' Spaceflight

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Updated and extended, the fourth edition of this highly regarded book is ideal for those who wish to solve various practical and recreational problems in astronomy using a scientific calculator or spreadsheet. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions, shown alongside worked examples, this handbook can be enjoyed by anyone interested in astronomy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Lowe on 25 Jan. 2012
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This is a great book for calculations that are relevant to astronomy. It covers aspects of calendars and time (Julian dates, sidereal time, ephemeris time etc), the major coordinate systems (and conversions between them), as well as the positions of the Sun, Moon & planets. Despite being a book of calculations, it does come with some background information on the topics covered to set the scene in each section.

Like a culinary recipe book, I tend to come to this book already knowing what I want to do (e.g. calculate the position of the Moon in the sky) and then just follow the appropriate calculations. The recipes sometimes require you to refer back to previous sections but they are always clear to follow. The worked examples are also very useful to check against if you've transcribed the calculations into your own software.

All-in-all a nice update to the original edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Godber on 9 Nov. 2012
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This book is a mix of the simple - introduction to spreadsheets etc to the very complex.
I would like a little more of the theory for some of the calculations rather than just having them presented - but there again it is not designed as a text box.
It was a great help with doing GCSE coursework
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Coming from an engineering background, and having an interest in astronomy, I find this book to be perfect in terms of its detail, thoroughness and presentation. Being interested in celestial navigation, I bought this book as a more detailed follow on to Astro Navigation Demystified. Through the calculations presented I can create my own questions without having to refer to the Nautical Almanac. I am thoroughly impressed and the downloadable Excel spreadsheets are a really welcome addition. I highly recommend this book.
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I purchased the third edition of this book many years ago. At that time it did not include speadsheets. The spreadsheets included in the current edition are excellent and produce more accurate results than before. They can all be downloaded from the website given in the book which takes all the hard work out of the process. A truely excellent book.
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By Simon on 27 Jan. 2015
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good book
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