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K5WLF – Electricity 101

Fellow SDFer, K5WLF , has posted a really good refresher on the basics of electricity.  Check it out.

PyFITS Cheat Sheet

PyFITS is a Python module to facilitate the reading, editing and creation of Flexible Image Transfer System (FITS) files.  FITS is a common data interchange medium in the astronomical community.

PyFITS Cheat Sheet, working with the FITS file Header Data Unit(HDU)

extracted from The PyFITS Handbook

see also:  A Primer on the FITS Data Format

#load the pyfits module into Python
import pyfits

#initialize a fits file object
hdulist =‘input.fits’)

#when finished close the file object

#get info from the fits file

#get the value of a particular keyword in the HDU

#get the value of a particular keyword index in the HDU

#assign new values to keywords or indexes in the HDU
prihdr = hdulist[0].header
prihdr[’targname’] = ’NGC121-a’
prihdr[27] = 99

#view the entire HDU contents
prihdr = hdulist[0].header

#update (add) the HDU with a new keyword and value
prihdr.update(’observer’, ’Edwin Hubble’)

#add history or comment records to HDU
prihdr.add_history(’I updated this file 2/26/09’)
prihdr.add_comment(’Edwin Hubble really knew his stuff’)

#access the HDU as Cards, display first three cards of HDU
print prihdr.ascardlist()[:3]
SIMPLE =    T / file does conform to FITS standard
BITPIX =    16 / number of bits per data pixel
NAXIS =     0 / number of data axes

#list all the keywords of the HDU

#write out the changes made to the in memory fits object

#saving changes to fits file using update mode
f =’original.fits’, mode=’update’)
… # making changes in data and/or header
f.flush() # changes are written back to original.fits

K5WLF starts a new blog

A good friend of mine, fellow Ham and SDFer, Larry D. Barr-K5WLF, has started a new technical blog that will be good to follow. The K5WLF Tech Blog

From the first post:

Welcome to the first post of the K5WLF Tech Blog. Unlike my other blog, The K5WLF Blog, wherein I ramble and discuss anything from computers to ham radio to film directing to ??, we’re going to stay focused here and just discuss technical issues. In the course of those discussions, we’ll talk about the tech stuff and we’ll discuss some of the history of electricity and electronics. We’ll also take a look at some of the pioneers who made it possible for us to have the technology we have today. Folks like Faraday, Ampere, Volta, Tesla, Edison, Westinghouse, DeForest, Marconi and so many more. I’ve created a special category called “The Great Ones” that you’ll see whenever there’s a post about one of them.