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Will Spot tell me if I can detect a given target?
Posted by z-Schuyler Van Dyk on 04 December 2008 11:51 AM
No, it is the potential observer's responsibility to make estimates of the source flux at the wavelengths of interest and to use the sensitivity and saturation information provided on the SSC web pages to determine if the target will be detected and its significance. Possibly useful web resources for this task include the sensitivity and saturation information linked off of each of the instrument pages (IRAC, IRS, MIPS) and the online javascript Performance Estimation Tool (PET).