QUOTE (ugordan @ Jan 9 2007, 08:18 AM)
But what's with the graininess in this image? It doesn't look like binning, it looks like ...well, grains? It looks like the effect of a very low S/N ratio.
Now that I see the higher resolution I understand a bit more. Keep in mind that the area is dark, and well, while the normal SNR of HiRISE is very good, it doesn't work as well when there isn't as much signal, AKA dark areas. That and we are still working on perfecting the calibration, which will help with that level of noise to a level. Hope this helps!
EDIT: I've been thinking a bit more about this, and have a few more things to say. It's a not-so-well known problem, but still public, that IR10_1 has some issues. It's a very noisy channel. In the early days of PSP, we were able to take pictures of it by warming up the whole camera to a certain point. This allowed for some readable images from IR10. However, we've since decided that it isn't really worth it, and this is because it makes the rest of the images appear very noisy. The images that are being released now generally fall under the time that we were testing IR10_1, to see if we could get anything out of it. However, it has the tendency to make the image appear much noisier, was the case with the image shown here. Hope this helps!