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Exposure Time Calculator – SIGNAL

SIGNAL calculates the number of object and sky photons which will be detected during imaging exposure of a point or extended source with one of the common-user instruments of the ARISTARCHOS telescope.

Instrument setup Instrument:

Band: Bandwidth:
Exposure time (sec):
Object information Object:
Apparent magnitude: (/arcsec2 if extended)
Sky conditions Seeing (FWHM in arcsec):
Airmass: Extinction(mag/airmass):
Sky brightness: (mag/arcsec2) (D, G or B for typical dark, grey or bright)
Output options Format:
Graph: S/N vs from to
Multiple Curves curve 1: curve 2: curve 3:

If bandwidth, extinction and sky brightness are left set at zero, SIGNAL assumes sensible defaults (click on parameter name for details).

For details of the assumptions made by SIGNAL, or to access the code, please see the SIGNAL help page, or click on a parameter name above (NB the help page may open in a separate tab).

This is version AR1.0 of SIGNAL. Last Updated: 21 Oct 2013.

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© of Modifications for Helmos Observatory, National Observatory of Athens
Developed by Chris Benn and Robert Greimel and modified for ARISTARCHOS by Thanassis Katsiyannis

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Last modified: 27 February 2014