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WFPC2 Instrument Handbook

The Instrument Handbook is the primary guide to the characteristics and use of the instrument. The Cycle 17 version PDF format (10.3 MB) and HTML is now available.

Older Versions of the WFPC2 Instrument Handbook

The Instrument Handbook is the primary guide to the characteristics and use of the instrument. This page provides links to previous versions of the Handbook.

HST Data Handbook Intro

This document is an introduction to HST data analysis and is common to all of the instruments (past and present).

WFPC2 Data Handbook

The WFPC2 Data Handbook is the primary reference for data format and analysis information.

HST Multidrizzle Handbook

The HST Multidrizzle Handbook is a guide for combining HST images. It is designed to help users learn about combining dithered observations. (v3.0, Jan. 2009)

HST Dither Handbook

NOTE: Some of he information and techniques contained in this document have changed significantly since it was published. Users are encouraged to use the Multidrizzle Handbook (listed above) instead.

The HST Dither Handbook provides information on how to plan and analyze HST observations involving dithering, including descriptions of dither patterns and strategies. (v2.0, Jan. 2002)

Instrument Science Reports

ISRs are technical reports written by WFPC2 Group staff about various aspects of the instrument and data. They usually contain indepth information about a specific topic.

Technical Instrument Reports

TIRs are technical reports written by WFPC2 Group staff about various aspects of the instrument, data, and procedures. They are internally distributed only.

STANs

Space Telescope Analysis Newsletters (STANs) are sent to observers via email, whenever there is news that may affect observation planning or analysis.

Conference Proceedings

Proceedings from the various Calibration Workshops held at STScI, and posters form AAS Meetings.

WFPC2 Tutorial

The WFPC2 Tutorial, a step-by-step guide to reducing WFPC2 data (v3.0, Jul. 2002, PDF - 1.0 MB)

Prelaunch Thermal Vacuum Test Report

The WFPC2 Prelaunch Thermal Vacuum Test Report presents he results of the prelaunch system-level T.V. test in May 1993.

Other WFPC2 Prelaunch Reports

Documentation concerning the prelaunch configuration of WFPC2.

WFPC2 Data Analysis Library

The WFPC2 Data Analysis Library (formerly the WFPC2 Clearinghouse) is designed to provide easy reference to a wide variety of WFPC2 related information.