Python imhead and hedit

Working at STSCI I frequently deal with FITS files and while working on the new CALACS pipeline I often needed to see and change header values to run CALACS under different regimes. This can be done with IRAF tasks imhead and hedit but I try to use IRAF as little as possible.

PyFITS┬áhas convenience functions for working with FITS headers but as of version 3.0.7 it doesn’t come with any scripts that make them accessible from the command line. I expect that soon PyFITS and/or AstroPy will have these scripts, but in the meantime here are the ones I use.Read More »