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Will Spot tell me if I try to plan an observation for a target that is too bright or already in the ROC?
Posted by z-Schuyler Van Dyk on 04 December 2008 11:49 AM
Spot has an option to tell you if you are looking at or near a target that is too bright or already in the ROC. But this DOES NOT HAPPEN AUTOMATICALLY; you must choose to overlay 'bright objects' from the overlay menu, or the 'search programs' from the file menu. It is a potential observer's responsibility to check the ROC, to check for bright targets in a field of view (whether or not it is the science target), and to evaluate the background flux levels in the region of interest. Possibly useful web resources for these tasks also include the saturation limits as discussed in the instrument pages (IRAC, IRS, MIPS).