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Py2MASS is used for accessing a locally hosted copy of 2MASS PSC/XSC

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======= Py2MASS =======

| Py2MASS is used for accessing a locally hosted copy of 2MASS.
| More information on 2MASS is available at:
http://www.ipac.caltech.edu/2mass/

Full copies of the 2MASS point source catalog (PSC) are large: ~40Gigs
compressed

(The extended source catalog (XSC) is modest by comparison at <800megs.)

Both are available for download from:

::

ftp://ftp.ipac.caltech.edu/pub/2mass/allsky

Note that the PSC contains some sources out of order, so you will need
to reprocess the PSC using the included:

::

py2mass_process_original_psc.py

A typical usage to fetch a region of the catalog is:

::

#!/usr/bin/env python

from py2mass import fetch_2mass_psc_box

ra_range = [281., 281.05] # RA is in degrees
dec_range = [-30.6, -30.55] # Dec is in degrees
stars = fetch_2mass_psc_box(ra_range, dec_range)

from py2mass import fetch_2mass_xsc_box

ra_range = [281., 281.05] # RA is in degrees
dec_range = [-30.6, -30.55] # Dec is in degrees
sources = fetch_2mass_xsc_box(ra_range, dec_range)

Note that in all cases the returned object is a ``pandas.DataFrame``.

A command line script is also installed that allows direct access via,
e.g.:

::

py2mass [psc|xsc] minRA maxRA minDEC maxDEC [pickle]

psc - 2MASS Point Source Catalog xsc - 2MASS Extended Source Catalog
Default output is a nicely formatted text table. Optional keyword
(pickle) will dump a pickle of that table, which can then be read back
in from file within python, e.g.:

import pickle stars = pickle.load(open(filename, 'r'))

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Originally written 2014-03-28 by Henry Roe (hroe@hroe.me)

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