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A.9.3 Simple Image Access (SIA) Query

SIA query load dialog

SIA query load dialog

The SIA query load dialogue can be opened using the SIA Query button () from the Load Window's toolbar or the Control Window's VO menu. It allows you to query one of a number of external web services for images covering a given region of the sky.

The window consists of a Registry Query Panel at the top, and a Single Positional Search Panel below. The Angular Size 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 a 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. A useful thing to do with the resulting table might be to set its 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