Helpful non-miriad tools

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Here are some useful tools you could install to help you with miriad data reduction:

  • javaws: if you are using the CARMA data archive to download a large number of datasets, a Java Webstart method can be used, but you will need to have javaws installed on your machine. Take any recent (1.5 series or up) JDK.
  • ds9: to display images and datacubes (and visbricks using uvimage). Miriad has a mirds9 script to load miriad images directly into a running ds9. You can download binaries from [1], but remember to also install the xpatools! (*note* for the CARMA summerschool ds9+xpa have been included)
  • karma: advanced visualization for image data cubes. You can download binaries from [2]. (*note* for the CARMA summerschool tar balls are on the DVD)
  • gman: gnome (GUI) based Unix man page browser for $MIR/doc/man pages (alternative to mirhelp and help in miriad shell). It is hard to find now, but there are alternatives available. For MacOSX there is a different program with the same functionality. Alternatively, one can browse the html pages created from the doc files (sometimes out of date). And if all else fails, there is always the mirhelp/help command in the unix/miriad shell!
  • rtd: the Real-Time Display of CARMA data. Get the java-based package for either windows or unix (linux/mac) and follow the usual ways to install this stuff. Although this package uses java, it comes with its own builtin version that we know works.
  • AIPY: Astronomical Interferometry in PYthon, a collection of tools for radio astronomical interferometry. In addition to pure-python implementations of phasing, calibration, imaging, and deconvolution code, this package include interfaces to MIRIAD (a Fortran interferometry package), routines from SciPy for fitting and interpolation, and the PyEphem and PyFITS packages.
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