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WFPC2 ISR Abstract

WFPC2 Instrument Science Report 92-04:

Science with the Second Wide Field and Planetary Camera

by J. Trauger, et al. (Sardinia conference July 1992)

July, 1992

Abstract excerpted from the report:

With the commencement of Cycle 4 observations, the General Observor community will have access to the second Wide Field and Planetary Camera (WFPC2), a replacement for the orginal WFPC instrument. WFPC2, a wide-field photometric camera which covers the spectrum from 12000 to 10000 Angstroms, will be installed in the Hubble radial bay during the currently manifested December 1993 Shuttle servicing mission. Besides optical correction for the aberrated Hubble primary mirror, the WFPC2 incorporates evolutionary improvement in photometric imaging capabilities. The CCD sensors, signal chain electronics, filter set, FUV performance, internal calibrations, and operational efficiency have all been improved through new technologies and lessons learned from WFPC operations and Hubble experience since launch. Here we provide an overview of the new instrument, beginning with the assumption that the reader is already familiar with the original WF/PC-1 now in service.

The Complete Paper is now available, (Post Script, 21.3 Mbytes).