[AstroPy] Re: Astro-Py list
Barrett at stsci.edu
Thu Feb 24 08:55:36 CST 2000
> On Thu, 24 Feb 2000, Andrew Williams wrote:
> >This list has been quiet since I joined - is there actually anyone out
> I've been wondering the same thing, i wasn't really sure if the list was
> just for announcements or whether i could ask questions or post about
> stuff myself.
This list is for any discussion associated with Python in astronomy,
e.g. FITS modules, Numeric enhancements, statistics packages,
telescope control software, etc.
> I would actually be very interested in python code for telescope control.
> I am involved in an undergraduate lab in Durham University, we have three
> Meade telescopes with various sbig (st6/st7) cameras attached. We are
> currently running everything from Windows but are looking to convert to
> Linux. Currently the idea is to use xephem for telescope control, but we
> have various other equipment for which software doesn't exist. I am
> currently writing control software for an electronic focusser. I will then
> be looking into CCD control stuff, including grabbing the frames,
> temperature control, etc.. Any pointers to python code or information on
> how to write such software would be very welcome.
In my earlier days I wrote a data acquisition program for the Univ of
Cape Town photo-polarimeter. It ran on 286-class computers under DOS.
Since discovering Python, I thought it would be an interesting project
to rewrite it using Python with C-extensions for controlling the
hardware. Python would give the developer a capability similar to
Forth, in that you could control the hardware (eg, a stepping motor)
interactively at the command line for testing purposes. I think it
shouldn't be too difficult and would be a valuable asset to create a
library of C-extension modules for hardware control: everything else
such as data reduction and graphics can be done in Python.
Let me know if I can be of any help.
Dr. Paul Barrett Space Telescope Science Institute
Phone: 410-516-6714 DESD/DPT
FAX: 410-516-8615 Baltimore, MD 21218
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