[AstroPy] Updated telarchive (v1.6) + fetchsdss

Peter Erwin erwin at mpe.mpg.de
Sat May 29 11:29:23 EDT 2010


This is an announcement of an updated version (1.6) of my quick-and- 
dirty, Python-based telescope archive search tool, available here:


(A short summary of what it does is appended below.)

New features (and fixes):

- Now includes searches for Spitzer observations

- Various minor bug fixes

[previous summary, updated:]
"Telarchive" is a command-line program which simplifies searching various
public telescope archives to see if they might have data on a particular
astronomical object or part of the sky.  This includes the HST and general
MAST archive, as well as the ESO, UKIRT, CFHT, and AAT ground-based
archives, and imaging data from Data Release 7 (DR7) of the Sloan Digital
Sky Survey.  The NOAO Science Archive is also included, though it has very
little publically available data at this point.  Recent additions are Spitzer,
SMOKA (the archive for Subaru and several older Japanese telescopes), and
the Gemini Science Archive.  The Isaac Newton Group Archive is also
searched, but only for data from 2001 or earlier (newer data is handled by
the new archive interface, which is currently not usable by this program).

The program won't *get* the data for you, of course (but see "fetchsdss"
for SDSS images), or even tell you very much about it -- for that, you
still need to visit the individual archive web pages.  But it will save you
lots of clicking and typing in web-page forms if you just want to find out
if there is *any* data available.

An example (searching within a 2-arcminute box centered on the planetary
nebula NGC 7027; searching on coordinates directly is also possible):

$ telarchive "ngc 7027" 2.0
	SIMBAD (Simbad 4, France):  Found object coordinates: RA = 21 07 01.593, Dec = +42 14 10.18

Searching archives for ngc 7027 (RA = 21 07 01.593, dec = +42 14 10.18), with search box =  2.0 arcmin...
	Sloan Digital Sky Survey (DR7) Coordinate-Search Server: No data found.
	NOAO Science Archive: No data found.
	AAT Archive: No data found.
	ESO Archive: No data found.
	Spitzer Archive: Data exists! (13 records found)
		1 mipssed, 2 iracmap, 3 mipsphot, 7 irsstare
	Multimission Archive at STScI (MAST): Data exists! (50 observations found)
		COPERNICUS (1); FUSE (2); GALEX (11); IUE (36)
	UKIRT Archive: Data exists! (943 observations found)
	ING Archive (old interface): Data exists! (577 observations found)
		143 images, 391 spectra, 43 unclassified
		JKT -- RBS (1), FWHL (2), AGBX (102);  INT -- WFC (9), PFCU (30), IDS (66), 
		MES (17), FOS_1 (10);  WHT -- TAURUS_2 (5), unknown (43), ISIS_BLUE_ARM (159), 
		UES (58), ISIS_RED_ARM (75)
	HST Archive (at ESO): Data exists! (91 observations found)
		-- 13 WFPC2, 24 WF, 1 PC, 13 NICMOS, 3 FOC, 24 STIS, 13 FOS
	Gemini Science Archive: Data exists! (252 observations found)
		162 long-slit, 45 imaging, 45 IFU
		michelle (9), NIRI (198), GMOS-N (45)
	CFHT Archive: Data exists! (213 observations found)
		BEAR (200), GECKO (4), AOBVIS (3), AOBIR (6)
	SMOKA (Subaru Mitaka Okayama Kiso Archive): Data exists! (1407 observations found)
		676 images and 731 spectra
		Subaru -- OHS/CISCO (9), Subaru -- IRCS (160), Subaru -- COMICS (504), 
		Kiso -- 1k CCD (3), Subaru -- HDS (14), Subaru -- OHS/CISCO (29), 
		Subaru -- IRCS (203), Subaru -- COMICS (451), Okayama -- SNG (3), Okayama -- HIDES (31)

It's available as a gzipped tar file here:

There are installation instructions/suggestions in the README file.
(And feel free to email with questions or suggestions about it!)



Peter Erwin                   Max-Planck-Insitute for Extraterrestrial 
erwin at mpe.mpg.de              Physics, Giessenbachstrasse
tel. +49 (0)89 30000 3695     85748 Garching, Germany
fax  +49 (0)89 30000 3495     http://www.mpe.mpg.de/~erwin

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