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MIBAS (Midas Iraf Baader Astronomy Suite)

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  • MIBAS is a virtual machine built on the Linux distribution Fedora with installed and ready to use IRAF (Image Reduction and Analysis Facility) and ESO MIDAS (Munich Image Data Analysis System) installations. IRAF and MIDAS comprise a plethora of established tools for image analysis in the field of astronomy.
  • Dedicated software for automated wavelength calibration and data reduction pipelines for the BACHES Spectrograph.
  • IRAF and MIDAS, preconfigured and ready to go.
  • Includes ESO SciSoft astronomical software collection.
  • Write publication grade science reports with includededitor and templates.
  • Cross-platform.

The Software is available for download directly after finishing the free order of the product (add product to cart and during checkout select "No Payment Information Required"). You will receive an email with download links and can also access them via your account at any time. The manuals / tutorials can also be found here on the product page on the Tab "Downloads",

System Requirements::

  • Virtualbox virtualization application
  • 30GB free disk space (use SSD if possible)
  • 4GB RAM (MIBAS uses 2GB)
  • CPU with virtualization capabilities (Intel VT-x or AMD-V. Most modern CPU support this. You might have to activate virtualization in your BIOS menu.)
€ 0.00 Price excl. German VAT tax (19%): € 0.00

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What it is:

MIBAS is a virtual machine built on the Linux distribution Fedora with installed and ready to use IRAF (Image Reduction and Analysis Facility) and ESO MIDAS (Munich Image Data Analysis System) installations. IRAF and MIDAS comprise a plethora of established tools for image analysis in the field of astronomy.  

For the advanced users, integrated development editors are installed. This allows immediate development of custom data reduction pipelines, in whichIRAF and MIDAS commands can be integrated via the Python APIs Pyraf and PyMidas.

 Latex installation and editor with templates allows writing of publication grade science reports.

The virtualization software VirtualBox enables the use on all operating systems.


To whom it is targeted:

MIBAS is suited for everyone who wants to use IRAF and/or MIDAS without going through the trouble of installing them both manually and/or looking for easy deployment for multiple users.

Astronomers, universities and researchers as well as already owners of the BACHES spectrograph will want to take advantage of its built in dedicated pipelines.


MIBAS and BACHES Spectrograph:

MIBAS includes dedicated pipelines for the calibration and reduction of spectra taken with theBACHES spectrograph.

  • Common reduction tasks are integrated in the file manager context menu. Wavelength calibration and reduction is possible with only a few mouse clicks.
  • Advanced options are available from the command line interface.
  • A python module allows full customization of the calibration and reduction process as well as integration in custom pipelines if needed.


Getting started:

  • Register on our site. The free MIBAS download is available in the section My Downloads.
  • Extract the archive. 20-30GB free space required.
  • Install the Virtual Box Manager.
  • In Virtual Box, add the virtual machine. (Toolbar: Machine -> Add -> Selectvbox).
  • Create a shared folder on your disk for file exchange between the host (your operating system) and the guest system (MIBAS). Do not use spaces in the file path!
  • Right click on the MIBAS VM shown in the left panel. In Shared Folders, edit the location of the shared folder.
  • Run the virtual machine, login and start working.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Baader Planetarium
SKU (#) 2458655

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Ingo Küttner 263/09/2020 20/09/202010:01
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wirklich brauchbare Zusammenstellung von Software
Ich benutze MIDAS unter Linux (Fedora) gelegentlich und habe auch mit den Windows basierenden Programmen zur Spektralauswertung etwas Erfahrung gesammelt. Mit MIBAS bekommt eine wirklich brauchbare Zusammenstellung fertig in einer VM gliefert. Das läßt fast keine Wünsche übrig. Mit fast meine ich nur, dass man mal das Ganze wieder auf ein aktuelles Fedora heben könnte. Ich persönlich nutze dennoch MIBAS und weniger meine eigene zusammengestrickte VM ;-)
Danke an das Baader-Team für die kostenlose Unterstützung.
  • tolle Zusammenstellung von Software
  • Aktualität des Betriebssystems
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Tom 48/02/2020 18/02/202005:21
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Massive timesaver
Being able to download a precooked virtual machine with IRAF and MIDAS is a huge convenience, avoiding the vast amount of wasted time I spent unsuccessfully trying to install IRAF recently. It's a big download at 5GB, but definitely worth it for the convenience. And there are other useful things, like python and PyRAF on there as well.
  • Easy installation
  • Not much
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Claus Kuntsche 360/12/2017 27/12/201717:07
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Ausgezeichnete Software, dazu noch kostenlos, Vielen Dank.
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Anton Heidemann 254/09/2017 12/09/201716:58
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MIBAS Software
Knowing nothing about LINUX, I did not dare using LINUX based software like MIDAS, IRAF etc for spectroscopy. But being keen on playing around with spectra obtained with the BACHES spectroscope I overcame my hesitation and installed the Virtual Box and the MIBAS program suite with the help of a Baader collaborator.This help was extremely useful and necessary for me. The installation was successful. Calibration and raw data reduction work fine. The software interface is still in development. Final reduction using reference stars will come soon. I encourage amateur spectroscopists to try out this product.
  • User friendly LINUX software!
  • rather steep learning curve for me
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HWB Homburg 321/11/2017 18/11/201704:34
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Nachdem ich mich mit MIDAS und ergänzend MIBAS vertraut gemacht habe im Einsatz des Baches-Echelle Spektrographen, möchte ich mich für den reibungslosen Einsatz mit besonderer Unterstützung von Herrn Roman Gümperlein und Herrn Bernd Koch bedanken und die freundliche Bereitschaft von Herrn Tobias Baader.
Da ich schon Jahrzehnte in gutem Kontakt mit Baader Planetarium und den Spezial-Teams stehe, möchte ich mich auch für die freundliche und kompetente Beratung in den jeweiligen Fachgebieten bedanken. Viele Ihrer Mitarbeiter sind mir sehr vertraut und auch liebenswürdig. Herzlichen Dank!
Da ich bereits mit dem Star-Analyzer, dem Dados Spetrographen gearbeitet habe und auch noch einsetze, möchte ich auch den komplexen Einsatz mit empfohlener Software betonen. Die Beratung in vielfältiger Art möchte ich nicht missen.
Durch das MIBAS Programm wird MIDAS enorm erweitert und auch komplexe Eingaben reduziert und sinnvoll vereinfacht.
Ein Wechsel von MIBAS auf MIDAS et vice versa ist ohne Probleme mit der virtual box in Ubuntu möglich.
Eine Einarbeitungszeit ist im Rahmen der Spektroskopie selbstverständlich!
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
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