AstroCC is a unique, easy to use coordinate conversion utility for astronomy. AstroCC accepts an object designation or the coordinates of an object and calculates coordinates in alternative systems, and at different dates, times, and locations.
AstroCC also provides lunar and bright planet coordinates to aid in planning observations.
Being developed using the Java programming language AstroCC is a cross-platform utility that can be used on Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.
Here are some key features of "AstroCC":
· Accesses SIMBAD
· Provides ephemerides for the Moon and major planets
· Provides Julian and barycentric dates and times
· Has been extensively validated
· Java 1.5 or later
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Reorganization of some of the time fields
· Added airmass calculation and display
· Added timeouts to internet accesses
· Added one-click link to full SIMBAD data by object ID (if not blank) or coordinates (if object ID is blank)
· Added one-click link to Sky-Map display of coordinates
· Better coordinate parsing for Simbad data
· Observatory longitude, latititude, and altitude entrys are grayed out unless "Custom Values" is selected as an Observatory ID
· Added preference setting to select whether to display solar system objects that are below the horizon as 'DOWN' or as a negative altitude
· Added preference setting to select whether to use the internal observatory list or the external custom list
· Fixed several bugs
· Updated the help file
· Added all the hooks to allow the AstroImageJ data processor to automatically control an instance of AstroCC to calculate times and coordinates during data reduction (not relevant to this standalone release)