[AstroPy] Astrophotography SW?

James Sokolowski drjimsok at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 12:52:16 EST 2021


Yeah, it's kindof weird to me coming from a professional background, where
most everything was done by scripting our own code, and then today, where
mature data science / ML / AI resources are available to do 90% of the
grunge work for you, then you add the 10% super-ultra-duper special sauce
by extending w/ Python code written to integrate with the tools very
easily.  Now I should admit there are other APIs and a lot of data
scientists also use R, but I'm not a fan of that tool.

Now, as I'm just setting up my first kit and trying to decide on S/W to use
(acquisition & stacking are done) I see several nice commercial packages,
but it's CRAZY that they don't have a Python API (or don't seem to and the
docs aren't clear).  This sort of S/W development paradigm, where a central
authority (commercial or other) maintains the central code repository and
users are free to add as they see fit (of course w/o modifying the main
code) is amazing in data science.  Obviously AstroPy follows this model,
but it doesn't have a reasonable GUI-driven interface for the majority of
the grunge work...

Anyway, very nice to meet you.

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 10:06 AM Kelle Cruz <kellecruz at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Jim,
> I think there is a huge opportunity to build more Astropy resources for
> astrophotography! There is already an issue in the astropy-tutorials repo:
> https://github.com/astropy/astropy-tutorials/issues/458. While a couple
> folks have said they were gonna take a stab at this, I haven't seen or am
> aware of any progress. More hands on deck would be most welcome!
> Also, if we wanted more serious amateurs, I would be willing to try to
> recruit some folks from the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York
> <https://www.aaa.org/>. They have some very notable
> astrophotgraphers among their ranks. :)
> Kelle
> On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 10:56 AM James Sokolowski <drjimsok at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Folks,
>> PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics, w/ 25 years in the professional field of
>> data science / analytics / Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence.
>> Solid IDL and Python programmer, but as I close in on retirement, I'm
>> building the hobby of amateur astrophotography.
>> There are LOTS of commercial tools available, as well as freeware, and
>> that's all well and good.  BUT... what I'm really looking for is a solid
>> astronomical image processing & analysis package that has a well-structured
>> Python API... am I crazy??
>> Virtually all of our generic data science type tools have these
>> interfaces, so extending native application functionality becomes a
>> breeze...
>> So anyway, if folks have suggestions, I'd be all ears.
>> Jim
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