mMakeHdr(1) Create a FITS header template for use in mosaic creation


MakeHdr [-d level] [-s statusfile] [-p(ixel-scale) cdelt] [-n] images.tbl template.hdr [system [equinox]]


From a list of images to be mosaicked together, mMakeHdr generates the FITS header that best describes the output image. If the input metadata represent a properly matched set of data cubes (three or four dimensions), the header will reflect this and can be used in cube mosaicking. If the spatial coverage of the data is large enough that a TAN projection header is infeasable, an allsky (AITOFF) header will be created, though this should be used with caution as it can easily be the result of metadata for images that shouldn't really be combined.


-d level
Turns on debugging to the specified level (1-3).
-s statusfile
Output and errors are written to statusfile instead of to stdout.
-p cdelt
Specify a pixel scale for the header, if different from the input images
"North-aligned" flag. By default, the FITS header generated represents the best fit to the images, often resulting in a slight rotation. If you want north to be straight up in your final mosaic, you should use this flag.


Metadata table (generated by mImgtbl) describing the images to be mosaicked.
Path to header template to be generated.
system (optional)
Specifies the system for the header (default is Equatorial). Possible values are:
equinox (optional)
If a coordinate system is specified, the equinox can also be given in the form YYYY. Default is J2000.


Creation of output file template.hdr.


[struct stat = "OK", count=nimages, ncube=ncubes, clon=ra, clat=dec, lonsize=crpix1, latsize=crpix2, posang=ang, lon1=ra1, lat1=dec1, lon2=ra2, lat2=dec2, lon3=ra3, lat3=dec3, lon4=ra4, lat4=dec4]
messages about projection and number of axes>
Memory allocation failure.
Invalid pixel scale string: cdelt
Cannot open status file: statusfile
Invalid system string. Must be EQUJ|EQUB|ECLJ|ECLB|GAL|SGAL
Equinox string is not a number
Can't open output header file.
Invalid image metadata file: filename
Need columns: ctype1 ctype2 nl ns crval1 crval2 crpix1 crpix2 cdelt1 cdelt2 crota2 (equinox optional). Four corners (equatorial) will be used if they exist or even just a single set of coordinates
Bad WCS for image n
Error computing boundaries.
Output wcsinit() failed.


$ mMakeHdr 2mass-images.tbl orig.hdr
[struct stat="OK", count=30]


The drizzle algorithm has been implemented but has not been tested in this release.

If a header template contains carriage returns (i.e., created/modified on a Windows machine), the cfitsio library will be unable to read it properly, resulting in the error: [struct stat="ERROR", status=207, msg="illegal character in keyword"]

It is best for the background correction algorithms if the area described in the header template completely encloses all of the input images in their entirety. If parts of input images are "chopped off" by the header template, the background correction will be affected. We recommend you use an expanded header for the reprojection and background modeling steps, returning to the originally desired header size for the final coaddition. The default background matching assumes that there are no non-linear background variations in the individual images (and therefore in the overlap differences). If there is any uncertainty in this regard, it is safer to turn on the "level only" background matching (the "-l" flag in mBgModel.

Due to some numerical approximation, the "North Up" bounding box calculated when the -n switch is on can be skewed a fraction of a degree.


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If your research uses Montage, please include the following acknowledgement: "This research made use of Montage. It is funded by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ACI-1440620, and was previously funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Earth Science Technology Office, Computation Technologies Project, under Cooperative Agreement Number NCC5-626 between NASA and the California Institute of Technology."

The Montage distribution includes an adaptation of the MOPEX algorithm developed at the Spitzer Science Center.