[AstroPy] WCS query
perry at stsci.edu
Wed Jun 15 10:16:01 CDT 2005
I have a feeling this is related to your matplotlib query.
On Jun 10, 2005, at 7:57 PM, Stephen Walton wrote:
> This seemed the best list to try to ask this on. I have a 1024 square
> full disk solar image with a simple linear WCS which defines Bill
> Thompson's SOLX and SOLY coordinates: x=0,y=1 is the solar N limb,
> x=1,y=0 is the solar W limb. If I do the following in IRAF:
> disp image 1 xs=0.8 ys=0.8 fill+
> wcslab image 1 vl=0.1 vr=0.9 vb=0.1 vt=0.9 fill+
> the WCS looks fine; in particular, the (x=(0,1),y=(0,1)) contours are
> nicely tangent to the solar limb.
> However, if I read the WCS with PyFITS and try to compute a WCS array
> in Python, things go wrong. Here's what I did: I created a 2x2 cd
> array in Python where cd[k-1,m-1] was set to CD_km from the FITS
> header; I also read CRPIX1 and CRPIX2 from the FITS header into crpix1
> and crpix2 variables. Two arrays, x and y, were produced, where
> x[k,m]=k and y[k,m]=m, k,m=0,1023. Finally, I created xx and yy as
The above suggests you were associating x coordinates with the first
index and y with the second. Of course with numarray (and Numeric)
that's wrong. Is this the crux of the problem?
> xx = cd[0,0]*(x-crpix1+1) + cd[0,1]*(y-crpix2+1)
> (the +1 in the above is because crpix1 and crpix2 assume the array
> indexing is one-based, not zero-based). Then, using matplotlib, I did
> The lines at +1 and -1 are definitely not tangent to the limb. The
> strange thing is, if I do xx.transpose() and yy.transpose() and repeat
> the above three matplotlib commands the +1 and -1 lines are tangent to
> the limb. Since the image is both off center and tilted with respect
> to solar N-S, this cannot be a coincidence.
> Can anyone enlighten me as to what went wrong here?
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