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8.3.34 skyellipse

Plots an ellipse (or rectangle, triangle, or other similar figure) defined by two principal radii and an optional angle of rotation, the so-called position angle. This angle, if specified, is in degrees and gives the angle from the North pole towards the direction of increasing longitude on the longitude axis.

The dimensions of the plotted ellipses are given by the ra and rb coordinates. The units of these values are specified using the unit option. If only the relative rather than the absolute sizes are required on the plot, or if the units are not known, the special value unit=scaled may be used; this applies a non-physical scaling factor to make the ellipses appear at some reasonable size in the plot. When unit=scaled ellipses will keep approximately the same screen size during zoom operations; when one of the angular units is chosen, they will keep the same size in data coordinates.

Additionally, the scale option may be used to scale all the plotted ellipses by a given factor to make them all larger or smaller.

Usage Overview:

   layerN=skyellipse ellipseN=ellipse|crosshair_ellipse|... thickN=<int-value>
                     unitN=scaled|radian|degree|minute|arcsec|mas|uas
                     scaleN=<number>
                     shadingN=auto|flat|translucent|transparent|density|aux|weighted <shade-paramsN>
                     lonN=<deg-expr> latN=<deg-expr> raN=<num-expr>
                     rbN=<num-expr> posangN=<deg-expr> inN=<table>
                     ifmtN=<in-format> istreamN=true|false icmdN=<cmds>

All the parameters listed here affect only the relevant layer, identified by the suffix N.

Example:

   stilts plot2sky in=mgc_ok.fits
                   lon=mgc_alpha_j2000 lat=mgc_delta_j2000
                   ra=bulge_re rb=bulge_re*bulge_e unit=arcsec posang=bulge_pa
                   scale=10 color=#cc00ff
                   layer1=skyellipse ellipse1=filled_ellipse shading1=transparent opaque1=4
                   layer2=skyellipse ellipse2=crosshair_ellipse
                   clon=180.1 clat=0 radius=0.25

ellipseN = ellipse|crosshair_ellipse|...       (MultiPointShape)
How ellipses are represented.

The available options are:

[Default: ellipse]

icmdN = <cmds>       (ProcessingStep[])
Specifies processing to be performed on the layer N input table as specified by parameter inN. The value of this parameter is one or more of the filter commands described in Section 6.1. If more than one is given, they must be separated by semicolon characters (";"). This parameter can be repeated multiple times on the same command line to build up a list of processing steps. The sequence of commands given in this way defines the processing pipeline which is performed on the table.

Commands may alteratively be supplied in an external file, by using the indirection character '@'. Thus a value of "@filename" causes the file filename to be read for a list of filter commands to execute. The commands in the file may be separated by newline characters and/or semicolons, and lines which are blank or which start with a '#' character are ignored.

ifmtN = <in-format>       (String)
Specifies the format of the input table as specified by parameter inN. The known formats are listed in Section 5.1.1. This flag can be used if you know what format your table is in. If it has the special value (auto) (the default), then an attempt will be made to detect the format of the table automatically. This cannot always be done correctly however, in which case the program will exit with an error explaining which formats were attempted. This parameter is ignored for scheme-specified tables.

[Default: (auto)]

inN = <table>       (StarTable)
The location of the input table. This may take one of the following forms: In any case, compressed data in one of the supported compression formats (gzip, Unix compress or bzip2) will be decompressed transparently.
istreamN = true|false       (Boolean)
If set true, the input table specified by the inN parameter will be read as a stream. It is necessary to give the ifmtN parameter in this case. Depending on the required operations and processing mode, this may cause the read to fail (sometimes it is necessary to read the table more than once). It is not normally necessary to set this flag; in most cases the data will be streamed automatically if that is the best thing to do. However it can sometimes result in less resource usage when processing large files in certain formats (such as VOTable). This parameter is ignored for scheme-specified tables.

[Default: false]

latN = <deg-expr>       (String)
Latitude in decimal degrees.

The value is a numeric algebraic expression based on column names as described in Section 10.

lonN = <deg-expr>       (String)
Longitude in decimal degrees.

The value is a numeric algebraic expression based on column names as described in Section 10.

posangN = <deg-expr>       (String)
Orientation of the ellipse. The value is the angle in degrees from the North pole to the primary axis of the ellipse in the direction of increasing longitude.

The value is a numeric algebraic expression based on column names as described in Section 10.

raN = <num-expr>       (String)
Ellipse first principal radius. The units of this angular extent are determined by the unit option.

The value is a numeric algebraic expression based on column names as described in Section 10.

rbN = <num-expr>       (String)
Ellipse second principal radius. The units of this angular extent are determined by the unit option. If this value is blank, the two radii will be assumed equal, i.e. the ellipses will be circles.

The value is a numeric algebraic expression based on column names as described in Section 10.

scaleN = <number>       (Double)
Scales the size of variable-sized markers like vectors and ellipses. The default value is 1, smaller or larger values multiply the visible sizes accordingly.

The main purpose of this option is to tweak the visible sizes of the plotted markers for better visibility. The unit option is more convenient to account for the units in which the angular extent coordinates are supplied. If the markers are supposed to be plotted with their absolute angular extents visible, this option should be set to its default value of 1.

[Default: 1]

shadingN = auto|flat|translucent|transparent|density|aux|weighted <shade-paramsN>       (ShapeMode)
Determines how plotted objects in layer N are coloured. This may be influenced by how many objects are plotted over each other as well as the values of other parameters. Available options (Section 8.4) are: Each of these options comes with its own set of parameters to specify the details of how colouring is done.

[Default: auto]

thickN = <int-value>       (Integer)
Controls the line thickness used when drawing shapes. Zero, the default value, means a 1-pixel-wide line is used. Larger values make drawn lines thicker, but note changing this value will not affect all shapes, for instance filled rectangles contain no line drawings.

[Default: 0]

unitN = scaled|radian|degree|minute|arcsec|mas|uas       (AngleUnit)
Defines the units in which the angular extents are specified. Options are degrees, arcseconds etc. If the special value scaled is given then a non-physical scaling is applied to the input values to make the the largest markers appear at a reasonable size (a few tens of pixels) in the plot.

Note that the actual plotted size of the markers can also be scaled using the scale option; these two work together to determine the actual plotted sizes.

The available options are:

[Default: degree]


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