Read IDL ‘save’ files into Python

by Tom November 24, 2009

One of the most popular posts on this blog is Kelle’s reposting of Greenfield and Jedrzejewski’s IDL vs Python earlier this year. I am an avid Python user and have never installed IDL on my computer. Recently, I developed IDLSave, a package to read IDL ‘save’ files into Python, after being sent a few such […]


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Better ways to make large image mosaics?

by Kelle October 21, 2009

Given the useful responses to Jane’s question about spectral line analysis, here’s another query for the community. This one is about making large image mosaics and it comes from Adam Ginsburg, a grad student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I want to make a large-scale mosaic of the Galactic Plane covering 90-180 degrees x […]


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Links: Things+Dropbox, Brief Emails, Airline Upgrades, and more…

by Kelle October 18, 2009

I really need to post these more often… You can see these links as I share them on Google Reader: Also, follow me on Twitter:

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IDL vs. Python

by Kelle May 4, 2009

Here is a really nice listing of the pros and cons of IDL and Python for astronomers. It’s an Appendix of the Python tutorial Using Python for Interactive Data Analysis by Greenfield and Jedrzejewski at STScI. Data and scripts for the examples and exercises in the tutorial are available at Update 28 Jan 2010: […]

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Making Fonts Better in IDL Postscript Output

by Kelle April 23, 2009

We’ve all seen it before, illegible labels on a figure in a paper or talk. I don’t know how to remedy this problem in SuperMongo or other popular plotting programs, but I do in IDL. I’ve addressed the topic of postscript output on my IDL figures page but in this post I’m just going to […]


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