I'm looking at the Sloan Digital Sky Survey data. I'm primarily using the flux data, from the documentation I see the first extend (HDU 1) has
There's been a lot of confusion here about what the
or_mask is doing exactly, and the documentation hasn't been extremely clear.
My understanding so far is that the
or_mask tells me when a particular pixel was flagged in one of many ways possible. I've understood from various random sources that this means the pixel is "bad" somehow. I haven't yet figured out how to know exactly "why" it is bad, my working assumption is that the possibilities are numerous, that there are many fields that have flags that might answer that question.
My primary question: Is every flux value with a non-zero
or_mask inherently untrustworthy?
About 80% of pixels have a non-zero
or_mask value, particularly on the bluer end of the spectrum.
Or is the
or_mask telling me more broadly that there's a flag somewhere, not necessarily even with the flux data, that I might want to consider?
HDU 1 (extname COADD): Coadded Spectrum from spPlate Binary table with columns: Required Columns Name Type Comment flux float32 coadded calibrated flux [10-17 ergs/s/cm2/Å] loglam float32 log10(wavelength [Å]) ivar float32 inverse variance of flux and_mask int32 AND mask or_mask int32 OR mask wdisp float32 wavelength dispersion in pixel=dloglam units sky float32 subtracted sky flux [10-17 ergs/s/cm2/Å] model float32 pipeline best model fit used for classification and redshift