[AstroPy] python sextractor

Perry Greenfield perry@stsci....
Sat Feb 13 13:06:09 CST 2010

There was an effort a few years ago to make a C interface to  
SExtractor available that was on sourceforge. I don't think that went  
anywhere. The main issue is that one probably needs to refactor the  
existing code to remove the I/O from the computational routines to  
enable to use it effectively from Python.

I still think it is a good idea. It would need some cooperation from  
the developer though (we wouldn't want to fork it for example).


On Feb 13, 2010, at 4:52 AM, Wolfgang Kerzendorf wrote:

> Dear all,
> I'm interested in using sextractor purely in python. For the last  
> couple of years I have been calling sextractor from python and  
> reading in the resulting catalogue. I wonder if people have wrapped  
> sextractor's c-code with cython.
> It would be great if sextractor worked on numpy arrays (or pyfits  
> objects) and that you could do things individually (like the  
> background map and so on). Any ideas?
> cheers
> Wolfgang
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