Groups & Integrations Calculator


This tool calculates the groups and integrations for an optimal transit observation. We require some information about your background star, transit, and planned use of JWST (instrument, subarray, and filter), in order to interpolate your planned transit observation to our nearest information from pandeia (which powers the JWST ETC.)

Please know that at present this tool is likely to overestimate saturation on direct comparison to the ETC. (This means we may predict less groups -- and put you in LESS danger of oversaturating your observation.)


\(\small \text{mag}\)
The vega magnitude of the target.

The photometric band of the above magnitude. (More bands will be available soon.)
Stellar phoenix model that most closely matches your star.

\(\small \text{hours}\)
The length of the observation in hours

If you are unsure, just enter optimize

The JWST instrument


The photometric bandpass or grism for your science observation.


The filter for target acquisition.


The full frame or subarray mode for your science observation.


The subarray mode for target acquisition.


How to measure the saturation.

The level of saturation.

Some background on saturation levels to inform your decision -- following is the saturation cap built into the ETC, and the current estimates of max possible saturation (which is what we use when you opt for well fraction).



MIRI NIRCam NIRSpec NIRISS fullwell
193655.0 58100.0 65000.0 72000 JWST ETC recommendation
250000 60000 65500 75000 max possible saturation