FOS: Handbooks ST-ECF

HST Data Handbook

The HST Data Handbook version 3 is the definitive reference manual for the reduction and analysis of HST data. Separate volumes now exist for current generation and retired (heritage) instruments. The FOS information is found in Volume II of the new Handbook. It describes data sets produced by each instrument aboard the Hubble Space Telescope and techniques for reading, understanding, calibrating, and analyzing the data. Appendices are available that describe how to use the HST data archives, STEIS, and the STSDAS and IRAF software.
  • FOS Chapters (=PART VI, chapters 16, 17 & 18) from Version 1.0 ( February 1994)

POA Updates to the Data Hanbook

Modifications to the existing descriptions of the calibration procedure found in the HST Data Hand Book and the FOS Instrument Handbook appropriate to POA_CALFOS can be found here.

FOS Instrument Handbook

The primary source for information about the post-COSTAR FOS. This version was prepared for Cycle 6 proposers and observers. All earlier versions are OBSOLETE for the purposes of technical descriptions of FOS strategies and on-orbit performance.
This version, which consists of the original 1984 description of the instrument and a May 1990 supplemental update, presents the best available technical description of FOS instrumental design and low-level operational modes. Archival researchers may find the the April, 1992 (3.0) version and its corrigenda useful for description of on-orbit FOS usage in the pre-COSTAR era.
  • Rough Draft (Part I scanned PDF, 5.1 Mbytes Part II scanned PDF, 1.5 Mbytes)1986

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