IRSA IDL Tools
Last Updated: 05 January 2016
- query_irsa_cat.pro - queries IRSA catalogs, returning an IDL structure
- read_ipac_table.pro - reads an IPAC Table file into an IDL structure
- read_ipac_var.pro - converts an internal variable to an IDL structure
- write_ipac_table.pro - writes an IDL structure to an IPAC Table file
IRSA provides a set of 4 IDL programs to assist users in retrieving and working with its catalogs and tables. The README contains installation instructions. The program query_irsa_cat.pro will run name or position searches on a specified catalog within a given radius. The catalog identifiers can be found in the "catname" column here. The default is the 2MASS Point Source Catalog. Programs are also provided to facilitate converting between IPAC Table format and IDL structures.
(1) Find WISE Allsky detections within 30 arcsec of L1228
IDL> info = query_irsa_cat('L1228', catalog='allsky_4band_p3as_psd', radius=30 )
IDL> help, /struct, info
IDL> print, info.ra, info.dec
(2) Find the position of the faintest IRAS 60 micron source within 1 degree of the central position of the COSMOS survey (10:00:28.6 +02:12:21.0 in J2000).
IDL> info = query_irsa_cat([150.11916,2.2058333], catalog='irasfsc', radius=1, radunits='deg')
IDL> idx = where(info.fnu_60 eq min(info.fnu_60))
IDL> print, (info.ra)[idx], (info.dec)[idx]
(3) (A longer query) Plot a histogram of the J magnitudes of all 2MASS point sources stars within 10 arcminutes of the center of the globular cluster M13.
IDL> info = query_irsa_cat('m13',radius=10,radunits='arcmin')
If you encounter any problems please send a bug report to the IRSA Help Desk.
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