4. Example 2 - Separate CCDs

Both GMOS-N and GMOS-S are currently equipped with three Hamamatsu CCDs. In each instrument, the quantum efficiency of each CCD is different. This is beneficial for spectroscopy, where the most red-sensitive CCD is placed at the red-end of the spectrum, and similarly for the blue-end. However, for precision photometry from imaging data, the different color responses of each CCD do create significant issues.

The only way to get precision photometry is to reduce each CCD individually and stack each CCD individually, never mosaicing the data to avoid mixing the CCD responses. Additionally, photometric standards, preferably covering a range of color, need to be observed on each of the 3 CCDs for proper photometric calibration.

In this example, we will show how to trigger the special recipe that will reduce and stack the CCDs separately.