Design Philosophy

Montage is a toolkit for assembling astronomical images into mosaics. Its scientific value derives from three features of its design:

There are four steps in the production of an image mosaic:

Each production step has been implemented as an independent module run from an executive script. This toolkit design offers flexibility to users. They may, for example, use Montage as a re-projection tool, or deploy a custom background rectification algorithm while taking advantage of the re-projection and co-addition engines.