[Numpy-discussion] Finding Star Images on a Photo (Video chip) Plate?

Wayne Watson sierra_mtnview@sbcglobal....
Tue Jun 1 22:44:03 CDT 2010

Thanks for the info. By, DIY I mean borrowing only what seems necessary 
to get started. For example the FORTRAN code that I  mentioned, I 
suppose the opposite of this is trying to understand what's going on by 
trying to learn some library of functions that go far beyond my needs. 
Sort of just getting down to a basic approach rather than trying to 
encompass large amounts of info on a subject. It's sort of like learning 
to ride a tricycle before learning to ride a bicycle.

On 6/1/2010 11:28 AM, Friedrich Romstedt wrote:
> One can also try to use photometry software like Daophot, it uses
> MIDAS by ESO http://www.eso.org/sci/data-processing/software/esomidas//
> , which everyone can download.
> It seems that Daophot http://www.star.bris.ac.uk/~mbt/daophot/ isn't
> for free :-(, I never cared, since it's installed on our institute's
> computers ....
> Here is first a *very* introductory (german-language) page I used that time:
> http://members.galev.org/rkotulla/mrmiller-stepbystep-daophot.php
> If you want to know every gory detail about Daophot,
> http://www.astro.wisc.edu/sirtf/daophot2.pdf is a good point to start.
>   It's the reference docu by the author if I'm not mistaken.
> I can give some little advice with using Daophot and MIDAS if you want
> to.  My knowledge is that gained by a conscientous project in studies
> during several monthes, where I analysed an open star cluster.  (With
> cosmic rejection etc. pp. blah blah)
> I would not recommend using a DIY approach, since the thing is in my
> opinion quite cumbersome.
> An approach used by Daophot to reject artifacts is to calculate
> sharpness and roundedness parameters, see the Daophot docu above for
> reference how it works.
> Friedrich
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