This is a general question about table manipulation prompted by a specific issue. My broad question is: is the typical LSST stack user expected to stop using astropy/pandas tables altogether or convert between then and afw.table?
I am trying to make a calibration catalogue for VISTA/HSC by taking the PanSTARRS HSC calibration catalogue and merging in 2MASS. The cross matching and stacking etc is trivial with astropy.table but the result will not be loaded by the stack. I am currently hacking it by altering the fits ‘TFORM’ etc using astropy.io.fits. Is this what most people are doing or should I be writing new cross match etc functionality (or does it already exist) using afw.table? The absolute easiest would be some sort of ‘from_astropy’ functionality.
I followed the very old discussion here but can’t find any example code for basic table manipulation elsewhere.