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Spitzer Observer's ManualPlease note that this Manual applies to the cryogenic mission ONLY. Please see the Warm Mission Observer's Manual for the warm mission.
The Spitzer Observer's Manual (SOM) is the essential technical reference manual for Spitzer observers. The SOM provides technical information about the design, performance and operational constraints of Spitzer. It includes technical information on planning, editing and submitting Spitzer observations. There are separate Calls for Proposals that include the programmatic information needed to submit a Spitzer proposal.
Getting the Document
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This version supercedes v7.1, issued 8 Dec 2006.
All files are available in PDF format.
One huge pdf file with all the chapters together.
Document OrganizationThe SOM is divided into four major parts: the Introduction (Chapters 1 and 2), the Observatory chapters (Chapters 3 to 5), and the instrument-specific chapters (6 to 8). The Observatory section includes a technical description of Spitzer, its operational capabilities and constraints, and information about how Spitzer observations are planned and specified.
Each instrument has its own chapter. All three chapters follow the same basic design and include a basic technical instrument description, and overview of the instrument's performance and capabilities, a description of its observing modes, advice on how to best use them, and a discussion of the data reduction pipeline and the characteristics of the data.
Document Update PlansThis manual will be maintained by the SSC. In general, we plan to update the SOM once annually, for each Call for Proposals.
In addition to maintaining the SOM, the SSC maintains instrument calibration and performance updates on the instrument web pages.
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Other Relevant DocumentsThere are five documents needed to plan, prepare and submit a Spitzer observing proposal:
Also see the Performance Estimation Tool (the PET has sensitivities; there are other tools too), the Proposal Submission Guide, the Observation Planning Cookbook (includes specific examples with AORs!), and even more stuff listed in the proposal kit...
Looking for the Spitzer Warm Mission (Cycle-6 and up) SOM? It is located here.