FITSH - a software package for astronomical image processing - version 0.9.2
This software package provides a set of independent binary programs
(tasks) that are designed for execution from a UNIX command line shell
or shell script. Each of these tasks performs a specific operation (e.g.
transforming an image to another reference frame, search and identifiy
stars or other point-like sources, do photometry, transform/display a
FITS image to a popular graphics format, ...) while the details of a
certain operation are specified via command switches and arguments.
Therefore this package does not need any higher level operating
environment than a standard UNIX shell, however, processing the related
data might require a little more knowledge of the used shell itself (the
related documentation and examples found in this page use the bash
shell). Additionally, some of the processing steps might require minor
or basic operations performed with other tools like awk or text
processing utilities (sort, uniq, paste, ...).
For a brief summary about the individual tasks, check the ``Tasks''
section of the web page of the project, namely at http://fitsh.net/task
Supported systems and requirements
Actually, the program has been developed under GNU/Linux (Debian, i386
and amd64), and it also tested and seems to work properly on Sun/SunOS,
PC/NetBSD and Mac/OSX systems as well. The Mac/OSX port has been tested
under the version 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) with its default GCC
However, please note that the primary development platform of the
package is Debian GNU/Linux, thus compilation-time warnings might occur
on other operating systems.
The FITSH tasks have a built-in self-explaining reference documentation
system, that can be asked using the --long-help option. The format of
this long-help output is a standard to the `help2man` utility, with
which nice manual pages can be generated easily (and then these can be
converted to PDF or PostScript as well). See also the `make help2man`
Makefile-target: this target builds the manual pages as well as converts
them into PostScript format if the utilities `help2man` and `groff` are
installed properly on the host operating system.
The web page of the project (http://fitsh.net) also displays these
manual pages as well as one can find further, completely working
This software was written by Andras Pal <email@example.com>.
The FITSH package is a free software, available under the terms of GPLv3
(see ./COPYING for a full license). This program is free software: you
can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General
Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either
version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
General Public License for more details.
Bug reports, comments and ideas are welcomed, send these to Andras Pal
<firstname.lastname@example.org>. See also the web page of the project, found at
http://fitsh.net/. That page gathers information about the program
(including documentation and examples), this is the primary download
source of the package itself, and additionally, serves a public forum
for the program users in various topics.
The current development of the FITSH package is supported by the
Hungarian Academy of Sciences via the grant LP2012-31. Earlier versions
of the code have been developed for the Hungarian-made Automated
Telescope (HAT) project. Further development has supported by the ESA
PECS grant no. PECS 98073.
If you find the FITSH package useful in your research, please cite the paper
as "P\'al, A. 2012, MNRAS, 421, 1825".