[AstroPy] Coding in Python to Read/Write a fits file.
Wed Apr 8 07:27:51 CDT 2009
On Apr 8, 2009, at 1:50 PM, Wayne Watson wrote:
> This is close to what I'm looking for. That is, executable Python
> and not interactive code one enters line by line. Right now I'm
> a way to read, say, a jpg, fits, or gif file, and convert it to fits.
> I'm also lacking a way to convert the internal image format to fits.
> latter is very important. The internal format is simple. An image
> 640x480 pixels and 8-bits deep, b/w. jpg, etc. is already done for
> writing the internal file. For fits files, I'd like to write very
> simple headers that have, say, lat/long of observer, a time stamp, and
> some other assorted items.
*Writing* a FITS file using pyfits is not very difficult. The bare-
description of this is in the pyfits manual ("Create FITS Images from
on p.10, I think). Since you're working with images, you need to have
data as a 2D numpy array (the example on p.10 uses a 1-D array).
(Pyfits manual available here: http://www.stsci.edu/resources/software_hardware/pyfits
Since you say that the existing Python code handles the "internal image
format", then it must somewhere have the data in a Python data
perhaps as a list of lists, or perhaps as a Python array. You'll need
go into this existing code and find out what the internal format is;
you'll have some idea of how to convert it to a numpy array. It might
as simple as
image_for_fits = numpy.array(image_oldformat)
Since your data is 8 bit, it would make sense to use a numpy *integer*
array; I believe pyfits is smart enough to save the result as an integer
The Pyfits manual also explains how to add header keywords (see the
chapter on Headers).
(Note that the Pyfits manual is still based on version 1.0, and so it
"numarray" instead of "numpy"; you should just mentally substitute
wherever you see "numarray" in the text. The manual also has problems
the chapter numbers, which don't agree between the Table of Contents and
the actual main text. But this is a minor issue.)
As for jpeg, gif, etc. -- you have to find some Python code that can
formats (Python Imaging Library, perhaps?). Once they've been read
you should be able to convert the resulting data structure to a numpy
and then you can write it as a FITS file.
Peter Erwin Max-Planck-Insitute for Extraterrestrial
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