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A.9.6 Multiple SIA Query

Multiple SIA window

Multiple SIA window

The multiple Simple Image Access window can be opened using the Multiple SIA button () from the Control Window's VO or Joins menus. It allows you to select one of a number of external web services which provide queries on remotely accessible image holdings, and execute a query for each row of an input table.

The window consists of a Registry Query Panel at the top, and a Multiple Positional Search Panel below. The Search Radius column may be set to zero; this means that any image covering the chosen position will be selected. There is additionally an Image Format selector which allows you to restrict the result to contain only images in certain formats (the default is set to only FITS).

The result of each single successful query is a table in which each row represents an image that can be downloaded from a remote site; one of the columns contains the image URL, and the other columns contain associated metadata such as image format, size, shape and so on. Different services provide different kinds of answer to these queries; some may have a static list of observed or reduced FITS files, and others may generate images on the fly. See the SIA standard, and individual registry records, for details.

Note that some services return multiple images at the same positions but at different wavelengths. In this case TOPCAT's criterion for the "best" match (the one closest to the central query position) may not make much sense. For this reason, take care if using the "New joined table with best matches" or "New joined table, one row per input row" output modes.

One use of this function is to add some columns to an existing table which contain URLs of images from a given server corresponding to the sky positions of those rows. Having done this you might want to set the resulting table's Activation Action to the View URL as Image option using the Activation Window.


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TOPCAT - Tool for OPerations on Catalogues And Tables
Starlink User Note253
TOPCAT web page: http://www.starlink.ac.uk/topcat/
Author email: m.b.taylor@bristol.ac.uk
Mailing list: topcat-user@jiscmail.ac.uk