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ObsID: Observation Id


Every Chandra observation is assigned an Observation Id (ObsID), which indicates that it is an observation of a specific target for a specific proposal with a specific observational configuration. All data for a given ObsId are always combined into a single set of Level=2 products. Each ObsId contains one or more Observation Intervals.

For more information, see the Multi-part Observations section of the Chandra Standard Data Distribution Contents page.


There are many ways to refer to an observation:

   Proposal Number maps to
        N x Sequence Numbers maps to
	     M x ObsIDs maps to
	          Q x OBIs

where it is almost always true that N == M (i.e. there is one ObsID per Sequence Number).



Last modified: 13 March 2017
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