Gemini Web Information Overview
Information about how to handle your Gemini data can be found at Gemini Phase III website. This page includes Gemini web page links that discuss all the data processing steps from quallity assessment through publication and observer feedback. Some of the most useful links are:
Getting your data
Gemini data format
Data from Gemini facility instruments is in Multi-Extension FITS (MEF) format. MEF files consist of a Primary Header Unit (PHU) and one or more extensions that contain pixel data. The PHU is indexed 0, the first extension is indexed 1, etc. Standard IRAF is designed to work with FITS files that contain header and pixel data in a single file. Gemini IRAF/Pyraf and DRAGONS routines were written to work with MEF files. Additional details can be found on the Gemini website under data-formats.
- Option 1 (Geminiconda): The Gemini IRAF package and its dependencies, including IRAF and PyRAF, are distributed as a Legacy Software Stack of AstroConda, which is a free Conda channel maintained by the STScI. Download and other information on these packages can be found at the Gemini Data Reduction Software webpage.
- Option 2 (Gemini Virtual Machine): For users of MacOS 10.15+, which no longer supports running the necessary 32-bit IRAF binaries natively. The virtual machine image has all the necessary packages (Anaconda, AstroConda, Gemini IRAF, and DRAGONS) pre-installed. Further details and instructions can be found at https://gemini-iraf-vm-tutorial.readthedocs.io/en/latest/.
- Getting started with IRAF:
- The classic starting point is the Beginner's Guide to Using IRAF by J. Barnes, 1993.
- A terse but more up-to-date step-by-step IRAF guide has been prepared by N. Caon at the IAC.
- Other IRAF Guides: A compilation of guides can be found on the IAC web site
- If you want to understand/write scripts you will need to consult the CL User's Guide and the Introductory User's Guide to IRAF Scripts. Despite their names, neither guide is for beginners.
Gemini's new Python-based data reduction platform, DRAGONS (Data Reduction for Astronomy from Gemini Observatory North and South) is currently capable of reducing any imaging data from current instruments. Its use is recommended whenever possible, and new modes and instruments are being added. More information can be found at the Gemini Data Reduction Software webpage.
The Gemini website provides links on data reduction for each instrument. Also, the General information on near-IR observations page includes wavelength calibration information, line lists, photometric, spectroscopic, telluric standard lists, spectral templates, etc. There is additional data reduction information for each Gemini instrument on the instrument's web page under the topic “data format and reduction”.
Workshops, examples, data reduction forum
Still needs help?