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NICMOS Performance

NICMOS is a multifaceted instrument that is capable of imaging between 0.8 and 2.5 microns. Furthermore, within this range the instrument has polarimetric imaging capabilities. A coronagraphbuilt into NIC2 provides for coronagraphic imaging capabilites, and a grism in NIC3 allows for multi-object spectroscopy.

The NICMOS instrument produces very high image quality. Minimal amounts of geometricdistortion are present in the NICMOS cameras, and must be accounted for. Additionally, NICMOS data have many unique image anomalies which must beconsidered and compensated for during data reduction. These issues arediscussed more closely in the NICMOS Data Handbook.