11.5.5 COS Coordinate System

COS is located off-axis in the focal plane of HST. This article shows how the detector reference frame compares to HST's U2, U3 reference frame.

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Boldface type indicates the name of an APT parameter or a value for a parameter.

(red star) Black text indicates an important note.

Magenta text indicates available but unsupported parameters (requires prior approval from STScI).

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Brown text indicates text file parameters.

Items in brackets - <value> - are required values.

Items in square brackets - [<value>] - are optional.

Knowledge of the COS coordinate system relative to the spacecraft coordinate system is necessary to use the "POSition TARGet <X-value>,<Y-value>" Special Requirement properly. Figure 11.1: COS Aperture Coordinate System shows the sense of the U2, U3, V2, and V3 axes relative to the COS aperture.

Figure 11.1: COS Aperture Coordinate System

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