Category software

PHOTOMETRYPIPELINE

In the framework of the MANOS program, I have been working on an automated data analysis pipeline for calibrated asteroid photometry and astrometry from imaging data. This pipeline, which can be applied to any kind of point source observations, is now in a robust state and available through¬†github. For details on the pipeline, please refer […]

Accessing the Gaia and Pan-STARRS catalogs using Python

The recently available Gaia and Pan-STARRS data releases are certainly interesting to the majority of astronomers for various reasons. If only there was a way to load the catalog data into Python… Gaia DR1 catalog access using astroquery.vizier The Gaia DR1 catalog is accessible through Vizier, which in turn can be accessed using the astroquery.vizier […]

Check Asteroid Observability with Python

Observers know the problem: there is a huge list of targets you want to observe – but what is the best time to observe them? Use this Python script to find out: check_observability.py The script requires the Python module CALLHORIZONS (see here) that can be easily installed using: pip install callhorizons In order to use […]

A Python Module to Query JPL HORIZONS

Working on Solar System small bodies, I make frequent use of the JPL HORIZONS¬†system, which provides ephemerides and orbital elements at given times for any Solar System body. HORIZONS provides access through email, telnet, and a website that can be queried manually. In order to conveniently query and investigate large amounts of data from HORIZONS, […]

Observing Tools

A while back, I wrote some tools that I use for planning my observations. Now, I finally found the time to update them and turn them into publicly accessible websites. The tools are: Observation Planner This tool plots visibility curves indicating target elevation and airmass over the course of a whole night, which is either […]