The on-orbit performance of WFPC2

John T. Trauger, Gilda E. Ballester, Christopher J. Burrows, Stefano Casertano, John T. Clarke, David Crisp, Robin W. Evans, John S. Gallagher, Richard E. Griffiths, J. Jeff Hester, John G. Hoessel, Jon A. Holtzman, John E. Krist, Jeremy R. Mould, Paul A. Scowen, Karl R. Stapelfeldt, Alan M. Watson, James A. Westphal

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The second Wide Field and Planetary Camera (WFPC2) was successfully installed in the Hubble Space Telescope during the STS-61 servicing mission in 1993 December. The primary objective of this new camera is to provide diffraction-limited photometric imaging over a wide field and a spectral range from 0.12 to 1.0 μm. Here we provide an overview of the characteristics of the new instrument and offer our perspectives based on the first 6 months of operations on-orbit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L3-L6
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - Nov 1 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Instrumentation: miscellaneous
  • Methods: observational
  • Space vehicles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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