Moving Target Roadmap

A start-to-finish guide for users creating moving target (solar system) observations with JWST. 


  1. Familiarize yourself with policies related to moving targets
    JWST Moving Target Policies

  2. Familiarize yourself with apparent motion and pointing constraints for moving target observations with JWST
    JWST Moving Target Observing Procedures
    Field of Regard Considerations for Moving Targets

  3. Generate an ephemeris in JPL/Horizons to determine best time to observe the target
    JWST Moving Target Visibility Tool Help
    JWST Moving Target Ephemerides

  4. Determine the instrument and observing mode for your moving target observation
    Instrument-Specific Considerations for Moving Targets

  5. Calculate the required exposure time and detector readout parameters using the Exposure Time Calculator (ETC)
    JWST Moving Targets in ETC
    JWST ETC Target Acquisition

  6. Fill out the Astronomers Proposal Tool (APT) for your observation
    JWST Moving Targets in APT
    Moving Target Recommended Strategies

  7. Familiarize yourself with the different options for creating a moving target in the APT
    Solar System Targets
    Solar System Standard Targets
    Tutorial on Creating Solar System Targets in APT

  8. If you specified dithers, visualize dithers in APT
    Tutorial on Visualizing Dithers of a Solar System Observation in APT


Go to the General Proposal Planning Workflow to complete the steps for proposal submission.




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