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Paper: WCSTools: an Image Astrometry Toolkit
Volume: 172, Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems VIII
Page: 498
Authors: Mink, Douglas J.
Abstract: Very few people want to deal with the details of positional astronomy, but many astronomers want to know precise positions of objects in the sky. New instruments, such as fiber-fed spectrographs, require more precise positions than are available for many objects. WCSTools provides programs and subroutines which allow both scientists and programmers to access astrometric information using the world coordinate system (WCS) of an image. WCSTools programs translate between image and sky coordinates, list catalog stars in the area covered by an image, find stars in an image and list them with their sky positions, and fit a WCS by matching image objects to catalogs. SAOimage, SkyCat, and SAOtng use WCSTools subroutines to display sky coordinates while browsing an image. The software reads and writes FITS and IRAF .imh images and deals easily with Space Telescope and Digitized Sky Survey FITS images. The proposed FITS WCS standard is being tracked, and interim formats are being supported.
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