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The AXAF Science Center is charged with the task of external science user support. They have already assembled a useful set of support tools, especially in the area of AXAF performance prediction for proposal preparation. Of particular interest are PIMMS, a tool for estimating AXAF/ACIS counting rates based on rates from previous missions and assumed spectral shapes; MARX, a simplified ray-tracing program for simulating proposed observations, including grating effects; and SAO-SAC, the detailed mirror ray tracing program for detailed evaluation and prediction of HRMA performance.
These and other useful tools and user hotline support are available through the SAO/ASC web page at: