CURSA is far from being all my own work. Clive Page, Rodney Warren-Smith and Alan Wood have all been involved in aspects of its development. Indeed, Clive Page wrote the expression parser which CURSA uses, and Appendix is based on documentation which he supplied. Malcolm Currie and Anne Sansom tested an early version of xcatview and suggested several significant improvements. Numerous other people have made useful contributions.
I am grateful to everyone who has contributed time and expertise.
Various items of external software have been introduced into version 3.1 of CURSA which it is a pleasure to acknowledge. catremote accesses remote on-line catalogues using the catlib library developed by Allan Brighton, Miguel Albrecht and colleagues at the European Southern Observatory. Patrick Wallace gave useful advice and assistance during the development of catcoord and this application uses his SLA library to convert between celestial coordinate systems. catchart uses Tim Pearson's PGPLOT to produce its plots. Last, but not least, FITS tables continue to be accessed using Bill Pence's invaluable FITSIO library. I am also grateful to the numerous people who have commented on, and suggested improvements to, CURSA.
I am grateful to John Lucey for useful discussions about photometric calibration and for kindly providing the data used in the example catalogue of observations of photometric standard stars. Peter Draper gave helpful comments on the section of the manual describing the photometric calibration.
CURSA Catalogue and Table Manipulation Applications