Fine Guidance Sensor Instrument Handbook for Cycle 17


Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables


Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1 Purpose
1.2 Instrument Handbook Layout
1.3 Three-Gyro Guiding
1.4 The FGS as a Science Instrument
1.5 Technical Overview
1.5.1 The Instrument
1.5.2 Spectral Response
1.5.3 The S-Curve: The FGS's Interferogram
1.5.4 FGS1r and the AMA
1.5.5 Field of View
1.5.6 Modes of Operation
1.6 Planning and Analyzing FGS Observations
1.6.1 Writing an FGS Proposal
1.6.2 Data Reduction
1.7 FGS Replacement in SM4

Chapter 2: FGS Instrument Design

2.1 The Optical Train
2.1.1 The Star Selectors
2.1.2 The Interferometer
2.2 FGS Detectors
2.3 HST's Spherical Aberration
2.4 The FGS Interferometric Response
2.4.1 The Ideal S-Curve
2.4.2 Actual S-Curves
2.5 The FGS1r Articulated Mirror Assembly
2.6 FGS Aperture and Filters
2.6.1 FOV and Detector Coordinates
2.6.2 Filters and Spectral Coverage
2.7 FGS Calibrations

Chapter 3: FGS Science Guide

3.1 The Unique Capabilities of the FGS
3.2 Position Mode: Precision Astrometry
3.3 Transfer Mode: Binary Stars and Extended Objects
3.3.1 Observing Binaries: The FGS vs. WFPC2
3.3.2 Transfer Mode Performance
3.4 Combining FGS Modes: Determining Stellar Masses
3.5 Angular Diameters
3.6 Relative Photometry
3.7 Moving Target Observations
3.8 Summary of FGS Performance
3.9 Special Topics Bibliography
3.9.1 STScI General Publications
3.9.2 Position Mode Observations
3.9.3 Transfer Mode Observations
3.9.4 Miscellaneous Observations
3.9.5 Web Resources

Chapter 4: Observing with the FGS

4.1 Position Mode Overview
4.1.1 The Position Mode Visit
4.1.2 The Position Mode Exposure
4.2 Planning Position Mode Observations
4.2.1 Target Selection Criteria
4.2.2 Filters
4.2.3 Background
4.2.4 Position Mode Exposure Time Calculations
4.2.5 Exposure Strategies for Special Cases
4.2.6 Sources Against a Bright Background
4.2.7 Crowded Field Sources
4.3 Position Mode Observing Strategies
4.3.1 Summary of Position Mode Error Sources
4.3.2 Drift and Exposure Sequencing
4.3.3 Cross Filter Observations
4.3.4 Moving Target Observation Strategy
4.4 Transfer Mode Overview
4.4.1 The FGS Response to a Binary
4.4.2 The Transfer Mode Exposure
4.5 Planning a Transfer Mode Observation
4.5.1 Target Selection Criteria
4.5.2 Transfer Mode Filter and Color Effects
4.5.3 Signal-to-Noise
4.5.4 Transfer Mode Exposure Time Calculations
4.6 Transfer Mode Observing Strategies
4.6.1 Summary of Transfer Mode Error Sources
4.6.2 Drift Correction
4.6.3 Temporal Variability of the S-Curve
4.6.4 Background and Dark Counts Subtraction
4.6.5 Empirical Roll Angle Determination
4.6.6 Exposure Strategies for Special Cases: Moving Targets

Chapter 5: FGS Calibration Program

5.1 Position Mode Calibrations and Error Sources
5.1.1 Position Mode Exposure Level Calibrations
5.1.2 Position Mode Visit Level Calibrations
5.1.3 Position Mode Epoch-Level Calibrations
5.2 Transfer Mode Calibrations and Error Sources
5.3 Linking Transfer and Position Mode Observations
5.4 Cycle 14 Calibration and Monitoring Program
5.4.1 Active FGS1r Calibration and Monitoring Programs
5.5 Special Calibrations

Chapter 6: Writing a Phase II Proposal

6.1 Phase II Proposals: Introduction
6.1.1 Required Information
6.1.2 STScI Resources for Phase II Proposal Preparation
6.2 Instrument Configuration
6.2.1 Optional Parameters for FGS Exposures
6.3 Special Requirements
6.3.1 Visit-Level Special Requirements
6.3.2 Exposure-Level Special Requirements
6.4 Overheads
6.4.1 Pos Mode Overheads
6.4.2 Trans Mode Overhead
6.5 Proposal Logsheet Examples
6.5.1 Parallax program using FGS1r in Pos mode
6.5.2 Determining a binary's orbital elements using FGS1r in Trans mode
6.5.3 Mass determination: Trans and Pos mode
6.5.4 Faint binary with Trans mode: special background measurements

Chapter 7: FGS Astrometry Data Processing

7.1 Data Processing Overview
7.2 Exposure-Level Processing
7.2.1 Initial Pipeline Processing
7.2.2 Observing Mode Dependent Processing
7.3 Visit-Level Processing
7.3.1 Position Mode
7.3.2 Transfer Mode
7.4 Epoch-Level Processing
7.4.1 Parallax, Proper Motion, and Reflex Motion
7.4.2 Binary Stars and Orbital Elements

Appendix A: Target Acquisition and Tracking

A.1 FGS Control
A.2 Target Acquisition and Position Mode Tracking
A.2.1 Slew to the Target
A.2.2 Search
A.2.3 CoarseTrack
A.2.4 FineLock
A.3 Transfer Mode Acquisition and Scanning
A.4 Visit Level Control

Appendix B: FGS1r Performance Summary

B.1 FGS1r's First Three Years in Orbit
B.2 Angular Resolution Test
B.2.1 Test Results: The Data
B.2.2 Test Results: Binary Star Analysis
B.3 FGS1r's Angular Resolution: Conclusions
B.4 FGS1r: Final AMA Adjustment

Glossary of Terms


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