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39.1 HSP Documentation

In this section we list important STScI sources of documentation for the HSP and its various types of output data.

39.1.1 Instrument Handbook

The final version of the HSP Instrument Handbook (version 3.0) is a useful description of the technical capabilities of the instrument and practical information for its use.

Although many figures are not currently included, the text of the final version is available in electronic form from the STScI HSP WWW pages. Most earlier versions are now very hard to find and contain little useful information not included in the final version.

39.1.2 Instrument Science Reports

Instrument Science Reports (ISRs) are technical reports issued by STScI that describe calibrations, anomalies, and operational capabilities of the instrument. ISRs are generally written for a technical audience, so we have tried to incorporate their results into this handbook as necessary. When an ISR may be particularly helpful, as in treatment of a topic beyond the scope of this volume, we provide the appropriate reference. Several important ISRs are available electronically on the HSP WWW Documentation page; paper copies of all ISRs are available from the STScI Help Desk; send E-mail to help@stsci.edu.

39.1.3 Previous Data Handbooks

This version of the HST Data Handbook replaces all previous data handbooks as we have tried to improve upon and slightly expand the treatments in the previous handbooks. Any updates to this handbook will be posted on the STScI WWW site.

39.1.4 HSP WWW Resources

A modest collection of HSP-related documents, including the final HSP Instrument Handbook, the IDT SV report, and some of the references listed at the end of Chapter 42 may be found among the STScI World Wide Web resources. The STScI home page is at:


The HSP resources can currently be found by looking under "Observing with HST" then "Instruments and Calibration." Additionally, notices concerning any updates to HSP documentation will be posted here, though none are presently planned.

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