

pal  import just the PAL routines  
constants  import the PAL constants  
funcs  import the extra routines  
The PAL routines directly match the C API with the caveat that returned values are returned on the perl argument stack rather than being modified directly in the call arguments. Arguments are never modified. This differs from the Astro::SLA wrapper around the SLALIB library.For example,
($xi, $eta, $j) = palDst2p( $ra, $dec, $raz, $decz ); @pv = palDmoon( $date ); ($nstrt, $fd, $j) = palDafin( $time, $nstrt );If a routine returns an array as well as a status the status value is returned first:
($j, @iymsf) = palDjcal( $ndp, $djm );If a routine returns multiple arrays they are returned as references:
($dvb, $dpb, $dvh, $dph) = palEvp( $date, $deqx ); @dvbarr = @$dvb;Routines that take vectors or matrices should be given references to arrays:
@rmatn = palNut( $djtt ); @mposr = palDmxv( \@rmatn, \@mpos );See the PAL or SLALIB documentation for details of the functions themselves.
Anomalies
palObs palObs is special in that it returns an empty list if the return status is bad. Additionally, palObs is called with a single argument and the behaviour depends on whether the argument looks like an integer or a string.
($ident, $name, $w, $p, $h) = palObs( 27 ); ($ident, $name, $w, $p, $h) = palObs( "JCMT" );palAopqk palAopqk can be called either with a reference to an array or a list
@results = palAopqk( $rap, $dap, @aoprms ); @results = palAopqk( $rap, $dap, \@aoprms );palAoppat For the C API the calling convention is to modify the AOPRMS array in place, for the perl API we accept the AOPRMS array but return the updated version.
@aoprms = Astro::PAL::palAoppat( $date, \@aoprms ); @aoprms = Astro::PAL::palAoppat( $date, @aoprms );
Constants supplied by this module (note that they are implemented via the constant pragma):
DPI  Pi D2PI  2 * Pi D1B2PI  1 / (2 * Pi) D4PI  4 * Pi D1B4PI  1 / (4 * Pi) DPISQ  Pi ** 2 (Pi squared) DSQRPI  sqrt(Pi) DPIBY2  Pi / 2: 90 degrees in radians DD2R  Pi / 180: degrees to radians DR2D  180/Pi: radians to degrees DAS2R  pi/(180*3600): arcseconds to radians DR2AS  180*3600/pi: radians to arcseconds DH2R  pi/12: hours to radians DR2H  12/pi: radians to hours DS2R  pi / (12*3600): seconds of time to radians DR2S  12*3600/pi: radians to seconds of time D15B2P  15/(2*pi): hours to degrees * radians to turns
These are exportable using the ’funcs’ tag or used directly through the Astro::PAL namespace.They directly match the Astro::SLA equivalents.
<B>lstnow_telB> Return current LST (in radians) and MJD for a given telescope. The telescope identifiers should match those present in palObs. The supplied telescope name is converted to upper case.
($lst, $mjd) = lstnow_tel($tel);Aborts if telescope name is unknown.
<B>lstnowB> Return current LST (in radians) and MJD (days) Longitude should be negative if degrees west and in radians.
($lst, $mjd) = lstnow($long);<B>ut2lstB> Given the UT time, calculate the Modified Julian date (UTC) and the local sidereal time (radians) for the specified longitude.
($lst, $mjd) = ut2lst(yy, mn, dd, hh, mm, ss, long)Longitude should be negative if degrees west and in radians.
<B>ut2lst_telB> Given the UT time, calculate the Modified Julian date and the local sidereal time (radians) for the specified telescope.
($lst, $mjd) = ut2lst_tel(yy, mn, dd, hh, mm, ss, tel)
Tim Jenness >tjenness@cpan.org<
The PAL library is available from Starlink.
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