Software and Data
FREE 300MB CD-ROM!
STOP PRESS Excellent review of the book/CD-ROM by Sky & Telescope, June 1999.
Stuart Goldman said "For about $50 this package is good value. Software and Data serves as an excellent jumping-off point for would be practical astronomers."
The Internet is full of software, information and
data for astronomers - but where do you start? Just
finding what you want is a daunting task - and expensive
too, if you're paying connect and telephone time.
And knowing where to find the best video, image
and data files is only half the problem: we've all
experienced the frustration of downloading big files...
David has put together his own selection of "the
best of the Internet" in this book, which is accompanied
by a free CD-ROM containing over 300MB of downloaded
material that will fascinate every astronomer.
There is a fully registered version of SkyMap,
an MPEG video player, Acrobat readers, massive deep-sky,
double-star, comet and asteroid databases, some
of the best images and videos from space, and of
course lots of shareware programs. Several NASA
eclipse guides are featured, including a 120-page
guide to the 1999 total solar eclipse. Other subjects include
CCD Image Processing, Astrometry, Photometry, Telescope Making,
Satellite Tracking - even how to create your own Homepages!
(The CD-ROM requires a PC running Microsoft Windows
3.1 or higher, a minimum of 16MB memory (32MB recommended),
2x CD-ROM player (8x recommended). The selected
software includes systems for DOS, Windows 3.1,
and Windows 95/98/NT.)
ISBN 1-85233-055-4 £24.00
Published by Springer-Verlag as part of Patrick Moore's Practical Astronomy Series