On Dec 31, 2007 8:17 AM, Lamar Owen <lowen(a)pari.edu> wrote:
Good morning, and an early Happy New Year to everyone.
I first learned of this SIG Saturday; very cool. I have downloaded and have
read the archives of the mailing list (nothing like getting a little history,
even if that isn't but a month long) and I plan on attending the meeting on
the 11th, unless something work related comes up.
By way of introductions, I am CIO at the Pisgah Astronomical Research
Institute (PARI), which is one of the few observatories with both optical and
Ahh the place I always wanted to work :). Congrats to see you Lamar..
We currently have several optical instruments, from a pair of solar
with Ethernet video webcams to a 16 inch DFM with an Apogee Ethernet CCD, and
we have four dish-type radio instruments: two 26 meter X-Y mounted prime
focus parabolics good up to 12-14GHz; a 12.2 meter prime focus parabolic
good to 26-30GHz; and a 4.6 meter prime focus parabolic good up to the low
millimeter range. We also have a few HF arrays for use with the Radio Jove
program, observing the sun and Jupiter in the 20-28 MHz band. We also host
another radio instrument from Virginia Tech; see
for lots and lots of details on this exciting
Wow.. that seems like a lot of stuff added since 1994.. or better advertised.
On the subject of packages, I see in the rejected packages list IRAF.
permission from UCAR to distribute NCAR as a part of Fedora would be killer,
as IRAF is de rigeur for optical astronomy. For radio astronomy, getting the
former AIPS and AIPS++ packages, as well as the currently maintained CASA
packages, in Fedora would be killer, as that is pretty much required for
single dish and interferometer imagery in radio astronomy.
What are the licenses for AIPS? I havent looked at it since I think
early 1990s (or I am thinking of a different project.. I am on Nyquil
at the moment.).
Congrats on the CIO position... and I will look at the GNUradio stuff.
Stephen J Smoogen. -- CSIRT/Linux System Administrator
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed
in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"