Tom Field - a regular to 4AoS - created RSpec, a wonderful piece of software which allows you to easily create calibrated profile graphs from raw spectra of stars. As I struggle to get to grips with my new video processing software Cyberlink PowerDirector 10, I'm stuck again by how easy and intuitive Tom has made RSpec. I was able to produce this kind of thing almost immediately:
The 3 main hydrogen absorption lines in the visual spectrum of Sirius (previous post)
And even turn images and raw spectra...
...into calibrated graphs revealing the chemical structure of M42: ionised oxygen (OIII forbidden line 5007 A) and Hydrogen (H-Alpha 6560 A) (previous post)
Whereas with PowerDirector, I'm still struggling with the basics, and wondering why it crashes every other time I try to use it.
Well, now Tom has got the recognition he deserves. RSpec has been awarded the prestigious Hot Product award by Sky and Telescope magazine. Congratulations!
This from the RSpec website: