A-Track: A new approach for detection of moving objects in FITS images

Published: 16-09-2016| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/yfn866d5mj.1
T. Atay,
M. Kaplan,
Y. Kilic,
N. Karapinar


We have developed a fast, open-source, cross-platform pipeline, called A-Track, for detecting the moving objects (asteroids and comets) in sequential telescope images in FITS format. The pipeline is coded in Python 3. The moving objects are detected using a modified line detection algorithm, called MILD. We tested the pipeline on astronomical data acquired by an SI-1100 CCD with a 1-meter telescope. We found that A-Track performs very well in terms of detection efficiency, stability, and processing time. The code is hosted on GitHub under the GNU GPL v3 license.