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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory image utility

Version : 1.29.3
Author(s) : Doug Mink,
License : saoimage
Website :

Disk space required for installation is 4.02 Mb

A shortcut will be installed in the KDE/GNOME desktop menu system,
as an entry in the Astronomy submenu


SAOimage (pronounced S-A-0-image) is a utility for displaying astronomical images in the X11 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 can be read directly, or image data may be passed through a named pipe (Unix) or a mailbox (VMS) from IRAF display
tasks. SAOimage provides a large selection of options for zooming, panning, scaling, coloring, pixel readback, display blinking, and region specification. User interactions are generally
performed with the mouse. Mouse tracking in an image's world coordinate system, usually sky coordinates, was added in 1994.

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.


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