Example NIRCam dither patterns.
NOVEMBER 28, 2017

New Efficient NIRCam Image Dither Patterns Are Now Available

Based on a revised model for observing overheads, the NIRCam team has developed more efficient dither patterns for NIRCam imaging modes. The new patterns are more compact than before, which require fewer guide star re-acquisitions and more efficient visit breaking . Three new primary dither patterns provide coverage of the gaps between NIRCam detectors:


One of these patterns (FULLBOX) also covers the larger gap between the two NIRCam modules. In addition, one new ultra compact subpixel dither pattern (SMALL-GRID-DITHER) was implemented using the Fine Steering Mirror.

All of these new dither patterns are available in APT 25.4, to be used for JWST Cycle 1 NIRCam Imaging proposals. For details, you can review the following:  


For technical assistance, please contact the JWST Help Desk.

The NASA James Webb Space Telescope, developed in partnership with ESA and CSA, is operated by AURA’s Space Telescope Science Institute.