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  • #574716
    Jack Martin
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    Can old darks be used, if not why ?  

    How often do a set of darks need to be replaced ?

    For spectra reduction, are the same number of darks required as spectra ? 

    Regards,

    Jack 

    #583052
    Peter Carson
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    Hi Jack,

    I built up a library of dark, bias and flat frames for my CCD camera that I reused many times over. Provided your light  and dark images are taken at the same camera temperature and duration then darks and bias images can be reused for a long period. I refreshed my library about every year, not that I needed to but just thought I ought to. Flat frames can be reused provided the focus position remains the same and the camera has not been re-orientated or moved in any other way.

    I’ve just moved on to a CMOS camera and am re using the darks and flats. Does any have an opinion about the re use of CMOS calibration frames?

    Peter

    #583056
    Robin Leadbeater
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    I don’t have any experience with CMOS (yet) but with my CCD cameras I redo them every few months. Bias frames take no time at all but getting enough  long exposure darks eg 1200 sec can take all night so I just leave the camera running  on a cloudy night. I then produce a defect map from these and scale the master darks depending on exposure. I find the only significant changes have been with hot and warm pixels (and with one camera a faint line defect appeared) These are not a disaster as a cosmics removal tool normally zaps them but it is better if they can be fixed at source using an up to date defect map

    With spectroscopic flats it is important to redo them if you move the wavelength range. I normally do them for each observation with the LHIRES and once a night with the ALPY. it takes little time with the built in calibration units though the results with the LHIRES at the blue end are very suspect due to light leaking past the slit.

    I aim to sum at least 20 exposures (30 for ALPY flats where the light level is very low at the blue end)

    Cheers

    Robin

    #583062
    Robin Leadbeater
    Participant

    An interesting example has just popped up showing the problems a rogue warm pixel can cause

    https://britastro.org/node/23983

    #583063
    Jack Martin
    Participant

    Peter and Robin,

    Thanks for your advices, very helpful.

    Regards,

    Jack

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