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Chapter 10: Fine Guidance Sensors (FGS) > 10.2 Mode = POSConfig = FGS

10.2 Mode = POS
Config = FGS
This is the basic single-star positional Operating Mode of the FGS. It may be used to measure the relative positions of fixed or slowly moving (<= 0.080 arcsec/sec) targets with a precision of 0.001 to 0.002 arcsec per single observation. To measure the relative position of a target with respect to field stars, several reference targets must be observed in the same visit. In addition, a few stars (reference and/or target) should be observed multiple times during a visit to map any positional drift of the field due to HST pointing characteristics (see the FGS Instrument Handbook). In this Operating Mode the program star or asteroid is first acquired and then held in fine lock for the specified exposure time. This procedure is repeated for the other targets.
The default values of the Optional Parameters are set in this Mode to provide acceptable data for single, zero angular diameter stars. The default acquisition consists of a spiral search for a target within a radius of 15 arcsec, followed by fine-lock tracking of the target. In this default mode star selectors are moved to null the Fine Error Signal and their positions are recorded every 0.025 sec.
10.2.1 Aperture or FOV
1, 2, 3
Requests use of a specific FGS (see Figure 10.1 The FGS POS TARG and interferometer coordinate systems.).
10.2.2 Spectral Element
The available spectral elements are listed in Table 10.2: Spectral Elements for the FGS. Only one filter can be used at a time. The F583W is the recommended element for all observations requiring the Optical Field Angle Distortion (OFAD) calibration. F583W cannot be used if the target magnitude m < 8.0. F5ND must be used if m < 8.0. An F5ND/F583W cross-filter calibration is supported.
10.2.3 Optional Parameters
=YES (default), NO
NULL determines whether the Star Selectors will be repositioned immediately after the FES-TIME or after a small delay. Consult with your Contact Scientist or an Instrument Scientist (via before specifying the non-default value; most astrometry programs require NULL=YES.
NULL=YES (the default) means that the next fine-error-averaging time (FEAT) interval will not begin until the star selectors have completed the repositioning of the FGS instantaneous field of view (IFOV) to the null position determined by the just-completed FEAT. This is the recommended procedure for all fixed targets.
NULL=NO means that the next FEAT begins immediately after the previous FEAT, implying that the star selectors will not necessarily remain fixed during the FEAT. If the FES-TIME = 0.025 sec, NULL=NO has no effect. NULL=NO is ordinarily useful only for observations of moving targets.
=DEF (default); 0.0 - 90.0
USE WITH CAUTION—This Optional Parameter determines the size (in arcsec) of the acquisition search region. The default value is 15 arcsec. A larger search radius takes more time and is generally not necessary given HST’s pointing performance.
=DEF (default); 1 - 2621400
USE WITH CAUTION—The default count rate will be determined from the target V magnitude, and the filter and FGS, using simple scaling rules. The FGS Instrument Handbook should be consulted for the default background rates. These Optional Parameters are used to verify the value of FES-TIME. If a non-default value is needed, enter the expected target and sky count rates (in counts per second) for the FGS (see the FGS Instrument Handbook and consult with your Contact Scientist or an Instrument Scientist).
=DEF (default); 0.025, 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.8, 1.6, 3.2
USE WITH CAUTION—This optional parameter sets the averaging time (in seconds) for the Fine Error Signal, and consequently, the interval at which the star selectors are adjusted to null the Fine Error Signal.
For POS mode, the default value DEF will be calculated from the default or specified COUNT optional parameter value and the selected FGS and FILTER. For TRANSfer mode, the default (and required) value is 0.025 sec, regardless of target brightness. See the FGS Instrument Handbook for details.
It is necessary that the proposer include the target V magnitude for all targets. We recommend including the B–V index so that the Instrument Scientist who reviews your Phase II program can assess your calibration needs.
10.2.4 Special Requirements
Enter the ORIENTation visit-level Special Requirement (see ORIENTation <angle1> TO <angle2>) if the arrangement of the target or reference stars requires a particular orientation of the FGS field of view. ORIENTation may be required to keep the targets in the field of view when more than one target is observed.
The POSition TARGet <X-value>,<Y-value> special requirement can be used to offset a target from the aperture reference position. For the FGS, the aperture reference frame is centered near the geometric center of the field of view, and is not equivalent to the FGS detector reference frame. The two frames have different parities and origins (see Figure 10.1 The FGS POS TARG and interferometer coordinate systems. and the FGS Instrument Handbook).
The SAME POSition AS <exposure> special requirement should be used to keep the position of the spacecraft held constant over the course of all observations within a visit. To ensure that all exposures within a visit are scheduled within the same orbit, use the SEQuence <exposure-list> NON-INTerruptible (replaced by Exposure Group Containers in the APT User Interface) special requirement.
10.2.5 Time Per Exposure
The value to be entered is the photon-collecting time (in seconds) for measuring the position of the target. See the FGS Instrument Handbook for exposure time calculations.

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