[AstroPy] Proliferating py-astro-libs

Tommy Grav tgrav at mac.com
Mon Jun 13 15:35:41 EDT 2011

That is great to hear! One of the things I miss is the ability to use python to do simple profile plots of
stars and asteroids in CCD images (i can't recall the IRAF command at the moment, as it has been a
while since I used it). Maybe there are some existing package that someone can point me too? I guess one
way to contribute to the early effort is to review what exists and suggest what packages to assimilate and
which one needs changes/improvements. Is there a good list of the different astronomy packages out there?


On Jun 13, 2011, at 3:29 PM, Perry Greenfield wrote:

> Oh yes. This is increasingly becoming more important. There are bits and pieces, but this is  one area where we really want to start making progress. One package that is often cited as important is the twodspec package, so we are beginning to start working on replacing  the functionality there, and not just for space-based needs.
> Perry
> On Jun 13, 2011, at 3:25 PM, Tommy Grav wrote:
>> I think this discussion is very good. As an astronomer that does most of my
>> programming in Python it certainly would be easier to contribute effort to
>> a project that have some more unified community support similar to scipy
>> and numpy.
>> One quick question. I have not looked at pyRAF in a while, but it still is only
>> a wrapper of the IRAF routines, right? Has anyone considered migrating away
>> from the IRAF backend to build pure python or C/Fortran wrapped packages
>> of the same routines? To me the installation of of IRAF and then pyRAF on top
>> of that has always been a barrier I never have quite made it through. I know
>> that one can install the Stsci package, but last time I looked it installs itself
>> on the root directory and consists of way to much non-python related stuff.
>> I find that hard to deal with as I as a mac-user use Activestate python with
>> the framework structure, which to me is very clean and easy to keep organized.
>> Cheers
>>  Tommy
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