Plotting the GSC-ACT Catalog on a Telescope Image
Using SAOimage and imgsca

IMAGE This SAOimage display shows the alignment of GSC-ACT stars with a test image after a world coordinate system has been fit. The coordinates plotted are based on header keywords describing a plane-tangent system fit by matching HST Guide stars and sources found in the image. This image was produced by a one-line Unix shell script for this task, saogsc:
saoimage -reg `imgsca -r 15 $1` -wcscom sgsca_-ha_%s $1
where the argument to the task is the name of the file to be displayed.

The immatch program can provide a list of the stars in the image which match catalog stars.

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imgsca finds all of the GSC-ACT stars in the image based on the world coordinate system parameters in its header and writes them to the region file testx90mw.fits.gscact, seen on the right.

The name of this file is sent to standard output which the backquotes give to SAOimage as a command line argument following the -reg command.

# HST Guide Stars/ACT (15" radius)
CIRCLE(662,660,23) # gscact 2580.1696
CIRCLE(738,763,23) # gscact 2580.1207
CIRCLE(960,977,23) # gscact 2580.1403
CIRCLE(284,620,23) # gscact 2580.2291
CIRCLE(529,33,23) # gscact 2580.1629
CIRCLE(210,866,23) # gscact 2580.1158
CIRCLE(527,446,23) # gscact 2580.1710
CIRCLE(948,475,23) # gscact 2580.1798
CIRCLE(33,920,23) # gscact 2580.2147
CIRCLE(900,395,23) # gscact 2580.1909
CIRCLE(818,653,23) # gscact 2580.1943
CIRCLE(589,525,23) # gscact 2580.1485
CIRCLE(231,195,23) # gscact 2580.1878
If the w key is struck when the SAOimage cursor is centered on the galaxy in the middle of this picture, the following appears on the user's terminal:

sgsca 2.9.4, 29 June 2001, Doug Mink SAO  Find closest star
   gscact  16:15:56.155 +31:24:24.82 J2000 r= 900.00 at epoch 2000.00
GSC number  RA2000       Dec2000      Mag  Class Band N  Arcsec
2580.1710 16:15:56.110 +31:24:24.26  14.13    3   14  1    0.80

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