feature request - plugin for QLP light curves

Fri, 08/27/2021 - 02:47

Hi David and All,

The MIT Quick Look Pipeline (QLP) provides light curves from TESS full frame images for some 10 million stars at 30 minute cadence. These will be a treasure trove for anyone interested in variable stars or exoplanet transits.

The data is available from the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) but VStar currently does not have a plugin to open and display these light curves. I wonder if you or one of the other programmers might like to give it a go?

A paper describing the file format can be downloaded from the arXiv database:


I suspect the existing Kepler/TESS FITS File v2.2 plugin could be adapted to work with the QLP files. Cheers,



Astronomical Society of South Australia (ASSAU)
TESS Quick Look Pipeline (QLP) plugin

Hi Mark

This plugin actually does exist. It was developed by Maksym Pyatnytskyy (Max) and is available via the Plugin Manager.

See https://www.aavso.org/vstar-plugin-library#TESS

Let us know if you have further questions about it.