This version of the HST Archive Primer provides the basic information a user needs to know to access the HST archive via StarView the new user interface to the archive. Using StarView, users can search for observations interest, find calibration reference files, and retrieve data from the archive. Both the terminal version of StarView and the X-windows version feature a name resolver which simplifies searches of the HST archive based on target name. In addition, the X-windows version of StarView allows preview of all public HST data; compressed versions of public images are displayed via SAOIMAGE, while spectra are plotted using the public plotting package, XMGR. Finally, the version of StarView described here features screens designed for observers preparing Cycle 5 HST proposals.
StarView and StarView-X come with preloaded reference files for calibrating your FITS images and spectra. These are listed in the StarView and StarView-X Help. In addition, users can add their own reference files to StarView or StarView-X. Parameters that must be custom-added, such as those for calibrating extended sources, are listed in the StarView and StarView-X Help.
StarView provides a powerful and fast name resolver that allows you to search the archive based on any set of characters. A default list of name suffixes can be customized for your observatory by going to the Name Resolver Options section of the StarView Help. Users can quickly and easily find references of interest using the custom-names file option. Note that custom name files are comma delimited with one file per line. In addition, StarView allows the user to search for targets that have been passed through the 1-D grism pipeline (1-D grism targets are only available to the X-windows version of StarView). Finally, StarView makes it easy to create and view virtual optical images, for example, by simply inverting the target and spectrum. d2c66b5586