[AstroPy] Python interface for querying Vizier?

Rick Wagner rwagner@physics.ucsd....
Mon Jun 21 20:55:37 CDT 2010


Hi Marshall,

I don't know if anyone has written a Python interface specifically for VizieR, but CDS does release a command-line client [1], which could be wrapped in systems calls. However, I would probably go with using SOAPpy [2] to call the VizieR portion of the CDS Web Services [3].

I've cc'ed the IVOA Applications [4] mailing list, because that's where you're likely to find out about the latest VO tools. Feel free to ask there, and check the link for tools that might suit your needs.

--Rick

[1] http://cdswww.u-strasbg.fr/vizier/doc/cdsclient.html
[2] http://pywebsvcs.sourceforge.net/
[3] http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cdsws.gml
[4] http://www.ivoa.net/cgi-bin/twiki/bin/view/IVOA/IvoaApplications

On Jun 21, 2010, at 4:53 PM, Marshall Perrin wrote:

> Hi all, 
> 
> Is there a recommended strategy for accessing the Vizier catalog service from within Python?  Some equivalent to IDL's queryvizier.pro would be great, though of course a more Pythonesque object interface would be even better. Has anyone taken a stab at creating something like this? Or is there something in the VO toolkit that can do this sort of thing but that I don't know about? (I confess it seems hard for a relative outsider to the VO community to keep track of what's actually been built there so far...)
> 
> Thanks in advance,
> 
> - Marshall
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