display program displays a 1- or 2-dimensional NDF in (by default) a GWM X Windows
window. This GWM window can then be accessed by other Starlink applications (including other
KAPPA applications) and the image manipulated. For instance, before carrying out photometry using
the PHOTOM package you would display your CCD image using the KAPPA
More information about KAPPA, and the
display application, can be found in SUN/95.
SAOimage is a utility for displaying astronomical images in the X Window environment. It was written at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory by Mike Van Hilst in 1990 and is now maintained by Doug Mink. Image files (including NDF) can be read directly, or image data may be passed through a named pipe from IRAF display tasks.
SAOimage provides a large selection of options for zooming, panning, scaling, coloring, pixel readback, display blinking, and region specification.
The SAOimage desktop includes, a main image display window, a button menu panel, a display magnifier, a pan and zoom reference image, and a color bar. A color table graph window can be brought up by clicking on the color bar at the bottom of the SAOimage desktop.
A quick introduction to SAOimage can be found in SUN/166. Further information can then be found in the SAOimage User Manual (MUD/140) which is distributed in LaTeX form with the SAOimage source code in the ‘doc’ subdirectory. Further information is also available on the web on the SAOimage Home Page at http://tdc-www.harvard.edu/software/saoimage.html.
One of the most commonly asked questions when dealing with image display in SAOimage is how to
change the default printer. Under
tcsh (the default shell at Starlink sites) the following lines
should be put in your
where printer is the name of the printer you want to make your default printer.
GAIA is an image display tool written in C++ by Peter Draper based on the SkyCat image display and catalogue browsing tool developed as part of the VLT project at ESO. GAIA is extendable and can integrate other applications. Currently extensions are provided that allow the user to do aperture and optimal photometry, automatic source detection, contouring, arbitrary region analysis, celestial coordinate readout, calibration and modification, grid overlays, blink comparison, image defect patching and the ability to connect to resources available in on-line catalogues and archives. An example of GAIA in action is shown in Figure 12
A full discussion of GAIA’s capabilities can be found in SUN/214.