Welcome to the on-line help system. For help on any of the topics shown below, click on the associated hyperlink. Descriptions and pointers to other sources are available in the main GAIA documentation, Starlink User Note 214 (SUN/214). This can be view on-line either by using the command:
% showme sun214
If you need help beyond what is available in these resources (or have any suggestions for improvements), then join the Starlink user support mailing lists at:
The GAIA home page is at:
which may be updated from time-to-time.
GAIA was created by the now closed Starlink UK project, funded by the UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (http://www.pparc.ac.uk/) and has been more recently supported by the Joint Astronomy Centre Hawaii (http://www.jach.hawaii.edu), by funding from PPARC and more recently the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (http://www.scitech.ac.uk).
GAIA is a derivative of the ESO SkyCat (http://archive.eso.org/skycat) image display and catalogue browsing tool, developed as part of the VLT (http://www.eso.org/vlt) project at ES (http://www.eso.org/). Both SkyCat and GAIA are free software under the terms of the GNU copyright.
The help is roughly divided into three areas, those of an image display tool, those provided for the analysis of images and those for querying on-line resources (catalogues of images and data).
If you open a toolbox (i.e. a pop-up window) that has some specific help associated with it you'll see a "Help" menu in the top-right corner.
Image and Cube Display
Catalogues and Online Resources
CUPID catalogues and masks
Making hardcopies of the help pages
Display this page in netscape (or similar web-browser with printing capabilities) use:
% showme gaia
Now navigate to the desired page.
The whole on-line help system can be viewed this way, if you prefer. However, you'll lose the search facilities and connection with the toolbox "Help" menus.
Error: table contains no columns
If you see an error dialog with this message then the file:
is corrupt. Close GAIA, delete this file and then restart.
GAIA is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
GAIA is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with GAIA; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA, or contact GAIA support at "firstname.lastname@example.org".