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Observation Planning Cookbook

Observation Planning Cookbook v 10.0, 17 April 2013

Here you will find the "Warm Mission" Observation Planning Cookbook ... how to go from an idea to a set of fully-functional AORs for your Spitzer proposal.

Looking for something like Chandra's Threads but for Spitzer observing planning? This is it.

Notice anything weird? Although we've done our best to make sure that this document is 100% correct at time of publication, undoubtedly there are small errors. If you notice anything, please let us know at the Spitzer Helpdesk and we'll attempt to correct it.

Please note that Chapter 9 DOES NOT APPLY to DDT proposals: please see the Proposal Kit webpage for instructions on how to submit a DDT proposal.

Here it is, in one large pdf (9.2 MB).

Also, broken down into separate chapters:

Section Contents pdf
Introduction Title page, table of contents, Chapters 1-3 ("Introduction", "Getting Started", and "Common Errors") pdf
(2.8 MB)
Pointed IRAC imaging Chapter 4 ("Deep Imaging of Five Clusters of Galaxies" with IRAC)
pdf
(2.2 MB)
Imaging survey with IRAC Chapters 5 ("Large-Area Mapping in the Trapezium" with IRAC)
Look here for special discussion on evaluating backgrounds
pdf
(1.4 MB)
Imaging moving targets with IRAC Chapter 6 ("Photometry of Moving Object Centaur 8405 Asbolus")
Look here for special discussion relevant to moving object observations
pdf
(2.1 MB)
Time Series Observations with IRAC Chapter 7 ("Time Series Observations")
Look here for special discussion relevant to imposing constraints
pdf
(658 kB)
Target of Opportunity Observations Chapter 8 ("Target of Opportunity Observations")
Look here for special discussion relevant to special overheads
pdf
(920 kB)
End notes Chapter 9 ("How to Submit A Proposal") and Appendices
Please note that Chapter 9 DOES NOT APPLY to DDT proposals: please see the Proposal Kit webpage for instructions on how to submit a DDT proposal.
pdf
(396 kB)

AORs (see text for explanation):