Fitsblink can be started in the following ways:
fitsblink [[file.fts] [file.fts.gz]..]will show the user interface and let you do all of the normal functions. If you specify FITS file names, it will also load images and display them. You can even do something like
fitsblink ftp://some.computer.address/pub/file.fts, assuming that
some.computer.addresshas an anonymous ftp account.
fitsblink -i file.inpwill read names of the FITS files which should be loaded from the
file.inp, their respective positional shift and any number of markers with their positions, sizes, colors and shapes.
starcountis a link to the
fitsblinkprogram will detect stars and write their positions to an output file (see subsection 12.1.5).
fitsblinkin a non-interactive mode, so no windows appear nor do you need to run X-Windows.
catalogis a link to the
fitsblinkprogram will read a star list and the image FITS header and try to find a match with a star catalog. It writes any cross-identifications it finds to the output file. For more details, see subsection 12.2.5.