# Step Arguments¶

The combine_1d step has one step-specific argument:

--exptime_key

This is a case-insensitive string that identifies the metadata element (or FITS keyword) for the weight to apply to the input data. The default is “integration_time”. If the string is “effinttm” or starts with “integration”, the integration time (FITS keyword EFFINTTM) is used as the weight. If the string is “effexptm” or starts with “exposure”, the exposure time (FITS keyword EFFEXPTM) is used as the weight. If the string is “unit_weight” or “unit weight”, the same weight (1) will be used for all input spectra. If the string is anything else, a warning will be logged and unit weight will be used.