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A library of tools for SDSS telescope operations.

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This is a home for Python 3 tools which came from the sdss-hub:~/bin directory. It is designed primarily for SDSS-V usage. Individual file documentation will be on confluence at


Dylan Gatlin, Dmitry Bizyaev


In addition to the moderators who maintain this repo, scripts were written by the following authors: Elena Malanushenko, Jon Brinkmann, Viktor Malanushenko, Kaike Pan, Stephen Bailey, Bernie


For observers at on their personal laptops, they can install these scripts via pip install sdss-obstools. The pip page can be found here. This will install the scripts in your current pip environment. To run, you must have proper tunnels to Influx/sdss5 servers.


Files that were once under sdss-hub:~/bin are now under old_bin, and Python 3 scripts are now under bin. Any non-user tools are stored under python. All user tools have tests.

Code Guidelines

All scripts designed for users should follow the SDSS Coding Standards, include a main function, and use argparse if arguments are needed. Prefer pathlib and fitsio. Scripts should try to be runnable on sdss-hub if possible. Anything in old_bin will be left there, but they are intended primarily for reference and you should avoid using them.

If a script is moved to bin, it should have a test file in tests that will run it in a few ways that we will likely use it during normal observing. Tests are critical for us maintaining code dependability.



The best way of installing all dependencies is to create an pyenv environment. This project is usually tested on Python 3.9. All the requirements can be found in requirements.txt


These libraries were needed on Ubuntu 20.04

sudo apt install libxt-dev libbz2-dev saods9 xpa-tools


ObserverTools is licensed under a 3-clause BSD style license - see the file.

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