Alternately, the tool can use the GALEX catalog (if data is available) for the ACS/SBC and STIS/MAMAs, for which the tool assumes all objects are worst-case O5 stars for processing. If you use the GALEX catalog for your bright object checking, you will need to manually check that there is complete GALEX coverage in your field. IF THERE IS GALEX DATA AVAILABLE, YOU SHOULD USE THE GALEX CATALOG, as it gives a more accurate result (since it is in the same bandpass as the UV detectors).
Note that for the WFC3/IR detector, the 2MASS catalog is used for processing instead of the GSC2.
If your target has a proper motion provided, the tool can also be set to take this motion into account when determining the area to be searched.
This tool should ONLY be used to check for field objects - the ETCs should be used for the prime science target, since you know the true classification (star, galaxy, QSO, etc) and reddening of the object.
There are 2 types of output from the tool. First, there is a tabular output, which presents the data on each target (GSC2 or GALEX magnitudes, as well as derived V and B-V, and spectral types for GSC2), the derived count rates and total counts, and the status of each check performed (e.g. local rate check, saturation). Second, the data can be viewed graphically using the Aladin interface, which will allow you to see which stars are causing problems.
Before initiating the Bright Object Tool,
you should select the exposure(s) you wish to process. You
can select your exposure(s) by either selecting the individual
exposure or group of exposures in
the hierarchical editor. If
you wish to process an entire visit, you can select the
container, and if you wish to process the entire proposal, select
the Visits container.
Then select the Bright Object Tool button at the top of the
display, which will initialize the tool.
Note that the Update Display button is active (and red) - this indicates that the display is out of date - and the Status field is New. After processing, the number of stars in each category will be populated.
The 4 categories of stars are:
To view the results graphically, select the exposure(s) in
the hierarchical editor and select the Aladin tool. This will bring
up the Aladin window, and the Bright Object overlay will be displayed.
Use the Zoom feature to make the objects visible, and open the
folders in the Aladin tree to see the individual planes.
If you put your cursor on an object and click on it, the detailed result for that star is displayed in the bottom spreadsheet; this is the same information that was available in the tabular view. If you want to look at multiple objects at one time, make a box that includes the object of interest. If you put your cursor on the record in the spreadsheet, the corresponding star in the Aladin display will flash (and vice versa).
You can overlay a DSS image on the BOT overlay by clicking
on the Load DSS button in the APT Aladin window.
You can also process ACS/SBC and STIS/MAMA exposures using the GALEX catalog. In the BOT window, select the GALEX tab and process just like with GSC2. In the detailed results window, the magnitudes used for the GALEX processing is highlighted. The tool tries to use the FUV magnitude for the FUV detectors (ACS/SBC and STIS/FUV-MAMA) and the NUV magnitude for the NUV detector (STIS/NUV-MAMA). However, if the appropriate GALEX magnitude is not available, the other will be used.
The Bright Object Tool also works for exposures that have a target
position change (such as a POS TARG, PATTERN, or the aperture as a
parallel observation). For the POS TARG, the tool takes the standard
search radius and increases it by the size of the POS TARG motion.
The POS TARG motion is clearly labelled, and many more objects are checked than in the case of no POS TARG. This is because the tool must check for all possible ORIENTations of HST, since the observation did not specify a specific ORIENT for the exposure.
The BOT tool can also take proper motion into account (when specified
in the proposal). With the toggle set, the search area will be adjust
to account for proper motion from the epoch of the coordinates to an
epoch 6 months for today.