Preface

The purpose of this text is to walk through image reduction and photometry using Python, especially Astropy and its affiliated packages. It assumes some basic familiarity with astronomical images and with Python. The inspiration for this work is a pair of guides written for IRAF, “A User’s Guide to CCD Reductions with IRAF” (Massey 1997) and “A User’s Guide to Stellar CCD Photometry with IRAF” (Massey and Davis 1992).

The focus is on optical/IR images, not spectra.

Credits

Acknowledgements

Made possible by the Astropy Project and ScienceBetter Consulting through financial support from the Community Software Initiative at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Software setup

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The recommended way to get set up to use this guide is to use the Anaconda Python distribution (or the much smaller miniconda installer). Once you have that, you can install everything you need with:

conda install -c astropy ccdproc photutils ipywidgets matplotlib

Data files

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The list of the data files, and their approximate sizes, is below. You can either download them one by one, or use the download helper included with these notebooks.

Use this in a terminal to download the data

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$ python download_data.py

Use this in a notebook cell to download the data

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%run download_data.py

List of data files

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