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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for combining Astronomy with Computing, 25 April 2011
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Mr. I. R. Foley "Historian" (Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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The pascal language routines were written in 1993 using the DOS command line.
However these routines can be easily adapted for pascal based Windows applications such as Delphi.
An excellent book overall and many thanks are due to Storm Dunlop for translating it from the German.
The book includes a comprehensive review of the coordinate systems and how they translate from one to the other.
Other chapters include computation of rising and setting times, cometary orbits, perturbations, planetary and moon orbits, eclipses and occultations, and astrometry.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Authoritative and informative, 13 April 2010
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I found this book to be extremely useful. Inevitably there is a good deal of mathematics involved, and I had to brush up on my 3D geometry and vector and matrix maths to understand the example programs. The program examples (included in the CD that comes with the book) are written in C++, so it's worth having some familiarity with this language when using this book.

Given those prerequisites the book is well written and offers a clear explanation of how to solve most of the common problems in astronomy, including the prediction of occultations and eclipses.

If you're serious about writing astronomy programs on the PC, or for that matter on embedded controllers, this book is a "must buy".
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