4. Tips and Tricks

This is a collection of tips and tricks that can be useful for reducing different data, or to do it slightly differently from what is presented in the example.

4.1. Create Master Fringe Frame

The reduction of some datasets requires a master fringe frame. The filters that need a fringe frame are shown in the appendix Fringe Correction Tables.

To create the master fringe frame from the dithered science observations and add it to the calibration database:

$ reduce @list_of_science.txt -r makeProcessedFringe
$ caldb add N20170614S0201_fringe.fits

This command line will produce an image with the _fringe suffix in the current working directory.

Again, note that this step is only needed for images obtained with some detector and filter combinations. Make sure you checked the Fringe Correction Tables.

The above can be done with the API as follows:

reduce_fringe = Reduce()
reduce_fringe.recipename = 'makeProcessedFringe'


4.2. Bypass automatic calibration association

We can think of two reasons why a user might want to bypass the calibration manager and the automatic processed calibration association. The first is to override the automatic selection, to force the use of a different processed calibration than what the system finds. The second is if there is a problem with the calibration manager and it is not working for some reason.

Whatever the specific situation, the following syntax can be used to bypass the calibration manager and set the input processed calibration yourself.

$ reduce @sci_images.list --user_cal processed_bias:S20001231S0001_bias.fits processed_flat:S20001231S0002_flat.fits

The list of recognized processed calibration is:

  • processed_arc
  • processed_bias
  • processed_dark
  • processed_flat
  • processed_fringe
  • processed_standard

4.3. Browse Recipes and Primitives

reduce”, either the command line or the API class, is the tool that selects and run a “recipe”. A recipe is a sequence of operations called “primitives”. Each primitives has a defined set of input parameters with default values that can be overriden by the user.

The “showrecipes” command line is used to show the default recipe for a file, a specific recipe for that file, or all the recipes associated with the file.

Once you know the recipe and primitives it is calling, you can explore the primitives’ parameters using the “showpars” command line.

The tools are fully documented in the Recipe System Users Manual.

4.4. Customizing input parameters

From the command line, setting the value of a primitive input parameter is done as follow:

$ reduce @sci.lis -p stackFrames:scale=True

The -p flag indicates that the following items are parameter changes. The syntax is <primitive_name>:<parameter_name>=<value>

From the API, the uparms attribute to the Reduce instance is used.

reduce_science.uparms.append(("stackFrames:scale", True))

4.5. Setting the output suffix

When troubleshooting an issue or trying various settings to optimize a reduction, it might be useful to name the final recipe output differently for each attempt.

Only the suffix of the final output file can be changed, not its full name.

From the command line:

$ reduce @sci.lis --suffix='newsuffix'

From the API:

reduce_science.suffix = "newsuffix"