Software

Here are some of the routines I have written for handling CCD images. They are written in standard FORTRAN and have been compiled to use DOS real mode which can be a limitation for large FITS files. If you want, I can offer a DOS protected-mode version which does not have this limitation.

CB2FITS (61Kb) is used to convert the raw data files from the Cookbook CCD to FITS files. The zip file contains 2 DOS real-mode executables (one for a math co-processor chip and one for software emulation) and brief documentation which describes how it is used. (Current version 1.4 - 2002/02/27)

You may also view the documentation by clicking here.

FITSLIST (24Kb) displays the header records of a standard FITS file. You may also view its documentation by clicking here. (Current version 1.3 - 1998/02/14)

FHE (40Kb) views and edits the header records of a standard FITS file. You may also view its documentation by clicking here. (Current version 1.2 - 1998/02/14)


Other Software

Here is some software that I use (or have used) and find useful. You may, too.

To make the MPEG movies, I use some software I found on the web. I can't remember where I found it (the address given in the document isn't right) so I have it here for others to use. I hope the author is happy for me to have it here - I mean no harm, and it is free. There are 3 parts to this software; vmpeg is a DOS MPEG player; while cmpeg is the actual creation routine; finally dmpeg is an MPEG decompressor (which I've never even unpacked so have no idea whether it even works!). These 3 zip files are very short and contain the necessary documentation to run them.

I use PCVista for much of my processing. It may be downloaded from here or perhaps here. You can get both the source and executables (usually stored in separate directories) as well as a manual. Let me know if you have trouble getting it from these places and I'll make it available on my page.

There is also a thing called XVista (available here) which is a port to run under Unix (Linux people take note!) I've got it running on my Sun and it works. Unfortunately, it is still restricted to 16-bit data - but the display is much better.


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Steven Lee