Observation planning and finding charts for HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC
hcam_finder package provides Python scripts
for observation planning with HiPERCAM on the WHT and GTC, ULTRACAM on the NTT and
ULTRASPEC on the TNT, respectively.
These tools allow you to generate finding charts as well as specify the instrument setup you require, whilst providing an estimate of observing cadence, exposure time and S/N estimates.
Creating a finding chart and instrument setup for the above instruments are more tightly connected than is usually the case with CCD imagers. To avoid errors in phase II setups, you must use the tools above to generate finding charts. By doing so, and reading the instrument-specific documentation below, you will avoid the non-optimal phase II setups that arise from a lack of awareness of the peculiarities of imagers designed for high time resolution.
hcam_finder is written in Python and is based on TKinter. It should be compatible
with Python2 and Python3.
The software is written as much as possible to make use of core Python components. It requires my own hcam_widgets module. It also relies on the third party libraries astropy for astronomical calculations and catalog lookup, as well as ginga for image display. Optionally, you can also use astroquery to expand the range of surveys one can download images from.
pip should take care of these dependencies. Simply install with:
pip install hcam_finder
or if you don’t have root access:
sudo pip install hcam_finder
pip install --user hcam_finder
- Free software: MIT license
- Documentation: https://hcam-finder.readthedocs.io.
hfinder is of course entirely bug free! However, if you do find an issue,
please raise it at the github page.
Please see the detailed usage instructions