|WFC3 Instrument Handbook for Cycle 24|
7.8 7.8.1 Limiting MagnitudesTable 7.10 presents the predicted limiting-magnitude performance of the WFC3 IR channel and compares it with that of the NIC3 camera. The calculations are based on an optimal extraction of a point source. The limiting ABMAG at a S/N of 10 was calculated for a 1-hour and a 10-hour exposure. The throughput curves for the WFC3 filters listed in column 2 were used; for NIC3, the most similar wide-band filter was used, and its name is given in column 3.Table 7.10: Limiting-magnitude performance of WFC3 compared with that of NIC3 based on on-orbit sensitivity from SMOV4. The table provides limiting ABMAGs at a S/N of 10 for the indicated WFC3 filters and for NIC3 with its most similar filters.