# pixtopix: Coordinate transformation to/from drizzled images¶

This task allows a user to perform coordinate transformations with the full WCS and distortion model to and from drizzled image positions. This task serves as a replacement for the STSDAS.dither task ‘tran’.

pixtopix transforms pixel positions given as X,Y values into positions in another WCS frame based on the WCS information and any recognized distortion keywords from the input image header.

## Parameters¶

inimage : str
full filename with path of input image, an extension name ['sci',1] should be provided if input is a multi-extension FITS file
outimage : str, optional
full filename with path of output image, an extension name ['sci',1] should be provided if output is a multi-extension FITS file. If no image gets specified, the input image will be used to generate a default output WCS using stwcs.distortion.util.output_wcs().
direction : str
Direction of transform (forward or backward). The ‘forward’ transform takes the pixel positions (assumed to be from the ‘input’ image) and determines their position in the ‘output’ image. The ‘backward’ transform converts the pixel positions (assumed to be from the ‘output’ image) into pixel positions in the ‘input’ image.

## Optional Parameters¶

x : float, optional
X position from image
y : float, optional
Y position from image
coords : str, deprecated
[DEPRECATED] full filename with path of file with x,y coordinates Filename given here will be ignored if a file has been specified in coordfile parameter.
coordfile : str, optional
full filename with path of file with starting x,y coordinates
colnames : str, optional
comma separated list of column names from ‘coords’ files containing x,y coordinates, respectively. Will default to first two columns if None are specified. Column names for ASCII files will use ‘c1’,’c2’,… convention.
separator : str, optional
non-blank separator used as the column delimiter in the coords file
precision : int, optional
Number of floating-point digits in output values
output : str, optional
Name of output file with results, if desired
verbose : bool
Print out full list of transformation results (default: False)

## RETURNS¶

outx : float
X position of transformed pixel. If more than 1 input value, then it will be a numpy array.
outy : float
Y position of transformed pixel. If more than 1 input value, then it will be a numpy array.

## Notes¶

This task performs a full distortion-correction coordinate transformation based on all WCS keywords and any recognized distortion keywords from the input image header. The transformation recognizes the conventions for describing distortion implemented as part of the SIP and Paper IV conventions used with AstroDrizzle. Input images can be updated to use these conventions through the use of the ‘updatewcs’ module the STWCS package.

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## Examples¶

This task can be run from either the TEAL GUI or from the Python command-line. These examples illustrate the syntax that can be used to run the task in a couple of common modes.

1. Run the task using the TEAL GUI under PyRAF:

>>> import drizzlepac
>>> epar pixtopix

2. Convert the position 256,256 from ‘input_flt.fits[sci,1]’ into a position on the output image ‘output_drz.fits[sci,1]’ using:

>>> from drizzlepac import pixtopix
>>> outx,outy = pixtopix.tran("input_file_flt.fits[sci,1]",
...                           "output_drz.fits[sci,1],"forward", 256,256)


or if you the default direction of ‘forward’ is already appropriate and you don’t want to explicitly set that value:

>>> outx,outy = pixtopix.tran("input_file_flt.fits[sci,1]",
...                           "output_drz.fits[sci,1],x=256,y=256)

3. The set of X,Y positions from ‘output_drz.fits[sci,1]’ stored as the 3rd and 4th columns from the ASCII file xy_sci1.dat will be transformed into pixel positions from ‘input_flt.fits[sci,1]’ and written out to xy_flt1.dat using:

>>> from drizzlepac import pixtopix
>>> x,y = pixtopix.tran("input_flt.fits[sci,1]",
...          "output_drz.fits[sci,1]", "backward",
...          coordfile='xy_sci1.dat', colnames=['c3','c4'],
...          output="xy_flt1.dat")

drizzlepac.pixtopix.tran(inimage, outimage, direction='forward', x=None, y=None, coords=None, coordfile=None, colnames=None, separator=None, precision=6, output=None, verbose=True)[source]

Primary interface to perform coordinate transformations in pixel coordinates between 2 images using STWCS and full distortion models read from each image’s header.