The core library modules and the virtual observatory tools we have looked so far represent some of the lower level tools that you can reuse in your own software and coding. Yet all of them beg for higher level wrappers that tie directly into more powerful Scientific / Astronomical python modules.

atpy contains two such tools: atpy.irsa_service and atpy.vo_conesearch

Putting it All Together

Tom Robitialle created a pair of screencast demonstrations showing how ATpy, APLpy combined with these powerful online astronomy tools come together in research and figure creation. Its sometime easier to just sit and listen.

Exercise: Repeat the APLpy+ATpy demo

Except using FITS images downloaded from virtual observatory Siap sites.