AAS 203rd Meeting, January 2004
Session 22 First Results from the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF)
Poster, Monday, January 5, 2004, 9:20am-6:30pm, Hanover Hall

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[22.18] Tips for Optimizing Your Observing Strategy in IRAC Observations

W. T. Reach, S. Laine, J. A. Surace, W. J. Glaccum, S. J. Carey, M. Lacy, G. Wilson, P. J. Lowrance, B. Bhattacharya (SSC, Caltech), IRAC Team

We provide practical tips for achieving the optimum observing strategy in Solar System, Galactic and extragalactic Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) observations. These tips are based on the knowledge we gained during ground tests and the three month long in-orbit checkout and science validation of the instrument. Our tips include selection of the optimum frame time, dithering and mapping patterns and the readout mode to match the science goals. We present observing schemes that minimize adverse effects, such as muxbleed, banding, image persistence and scattered light.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: sirtf@ipac.caltech.edu

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