WFC Related Information
- INT-WFC system responses
- INT-WFC - SDSS photometric transformations
- INT-WFC - Bad Pixel Maps
- INT-WFC CCD3 Vignetted Corner
- TELFOCUS in the WFC Headers
1. INT-WFC system responses
The system responses of the INT-WFC were modeled recently by Bell, Naylor et al. (2012),
being published in the paper "Pre-main-sequence isochrones - I. The Pleiades benchmark"
The model includes the cumulative effects of the transmission of the Earthâ€™s atmosphere, the
reflectivity of the telescope mirror, the transmission of the prime focus corrector optics, the
quantum efficiency of the detector and the filter transmission.
The table data also available at the authors website (filters
2. INT-WFC - SDSS photometric transformations
The same paper of Bell, Naylor et al. (2012)
magnitude and colour differences between the standard Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and the
natural INT-WFC photometric systems. The study include the standard SDSS system responses and the
calculated INT-WFC responses, folding atmospheric models through both.
Data table available also at
See also their related Pleiades
3. INT-WFC Bad Pixel Maps
Like any older or newer camera, WFC is not perfect. The following bad pixel maps
were obtained by dividing two dome flats taken in 2014 at high and low signal, then running
the IRAF badpix task. They could be used to correct each CCD of the WFC bad pixels:
WFC Bad Pixel Maps (sigma 10 - fainter)
WFC Bad Pixel Maps (sigma 5 - stronger, recommended)
4. INT-WFC CCD3 Vignetted Corner
It is known that a very small corner of the upper-left CCD3 is vignetted. The following
mask holds 1 for good pixels and 0 for bad pixels and could be used in IRAF to disregard
the vignetted corner.
WFC CCD3 corner mask (.pl file)
5. TELFOCUS in the WFC Headers
For some unknown reason probably associated with some feature of the old TCS or ICS software,
the value of TELFOCUS seems to be changing as recorder in the WFC headers (up to about 0.1 mm)
for the same filter. We tested this apparent problem in 2017 (FR 22542) and we concluded that
the actual focus mecanism performs as expected (remaining steady within 0.01mm).
Thanks are due to Dr. Tim Naylor and his former PhD student Cameron Bell (Exeter Univ, UK)
for providing the INT-WFC system responses and SDSS photometric transformations.