[AstroPy] Astrophotography SW?

E. Madison Bray erik.m.bray at gmail.com
Sun Feb 7 09:03:12 EST 2021

Hi Jim,

If it's a GUI you want you could check out ginga:
https://ejeschke.github.io/ginga/  I don't really know what you need
in terms of astrophotography, and it's not necessarily specifically
geared toward that.  But the nice thing about ginga is that it's a
whole toolkit with many built-in standard tools (image, spectra
viewers, etc.) with which you can fully customize the layout for your
own applications, as well as create plugins for around your own Python
scripts.  Check out the developer documentation in particular for
ideas of what you might be able to do with it:

A similar, though slightly different product more geared toward
general data analysis is Glue, but it also provides a highly
customizable GUI environment: http://glueviz.org/

On Fri, Feb 5, 2021 at 6:52 PM James Sokolowski <drjimsok at gmail.com> wrote:
> Kelle,
> 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.
> Jim
> 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. 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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