The WFC3 IR channel is used to obtain images of a target in filters F110W and F160W. Assume that the ETC has shown that exposure times of 10 minutes for F110W and 20 minutes for F160W are adequate for the science goals. These exposure times can be achieved with the up-the-ramp MULTIACCUM sequences SPARS50 (11.7 min) and SPARS100 (23.4 min), respectively. Also assume an orbital visibility1
of 54 minutes. A summary of the orbit calculations is shown in Table A.16
The total time used in the orbit shows that the target can be imaged in the selected
filters within one orbit. Furthermore, the first exposure can be dumped from the buffer during the second exposure. The approximately nine minutes of unused time could be used for an additional exposure, during which the second exposure would be dumped.
This example illustrates the orbit calculation for a UVIS observation with a WFC3
UVIS box dithering pattern, which implements imaging at four pointings. The goal of the observation is to obtain a dithered image of a field such that it bridges the ~1 arcsec inter-chip gap between the UVIS CCDs when the images are combined.
For the purposes of this example, the following conditions are adopted: (1) the
exposure time necessary to reach the desired signal-to-noise ratio is 80 minutes. (2) The orbital visibility for each orbit is 58 minutes. (3) Assume that cosmic ray removal
will be done using the drizzlepac
package; therefore the exposure will not be broken into sub-exposures. (4) One 20 minute exposure is obtained at each pointing in a four-point dither, taken over two orbits.
The orbit calculation for this visit is shown in Table A.17
. Note that for a two arcsec offset maneuver, the three dither offsets will take 0.5 minutes each.
No overhead is incurred to dump the exposures because they are all longer than 339
seconds. Thus the desired exposures can be accomplished within the two orbits, and there are about seven to eight minutes of unused orbital visibility per orbit that could be used to increase the exposure times.