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The FITS Tape Formats: Flexible Image Transport Systems
Author(s): Eric W. Greisen; Donald C. Wells; R. H. Harten
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Paper Abstract

The basic FITS format for the interchange of digital array data was first described in 1979 and is now in use by a wide variety of astronomical institutions. Since the original format was inefficient for use with groups of small arrays, we have now proposed an extension to FITS which supports "arrays" which are irregularly gridded in one or more of the coordinate axes. These formats provide a simple but powerful mechanism for the unambiguous transmission not only of binary image data but also of a virtually unlimited number of auxiliary parameters that may be associated with the data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 1980
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0264, Applications of Digital Image Processing to Astronomy, (21 November 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959819
Show Author Affiliations
Eric W. Greisen, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (United States)
Donald C. Wells, Kitt Peak National Observatory (United States)
R. H. Harten, Netherlands Foundation for Radio-Astronomy (Holland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0264:
Applications of Digital Image Processing to Astronomy
Denis A. Elliot, Editor(s)

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