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The on-orbit performance of WFPC2
Trauger, John T.; Ballester, Gilda E.; Burrows, Christopher J.; Casertano, Stefano; Clarke, John T.; Crisp, David; Evans, Robin W.; Gallagher, John S., III; Griffiths, Richard E.; Hester, J. Jeff; Hoessel, John G.; Holtzman, Jon A.; Krist, John E.; Mould, Jeremy R.; Scowen, Paul A.; Stapelfeldt, Karl R.; Watson, Alan M.; Westphal, James A.
AA(Jet Propulsion Lab., Cal. Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA), AB(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI), AC(Space Telescope Science Inst., Baltimore, MD), AD(Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD), AE(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI), AF(Jet Propulsion Lab., Cal. Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA), AG(Jet Propulsion Lab., Cal. Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA), AH(University of Wisonsin - Madison, Madison, WI), AI(Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD), AJ(Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ), AK(University of Wisonsin - Madison, Madison, WI), AL(Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ), AM(Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD), AN(Australian National University, Australia), AO(Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ), AP(Jet Propulsion Lab., Cal. Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA), AQ(University of Wisonsin - Madison, Madison, WI), AR(California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA)
Astrophysical Journal, Part 2 - Letters (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 435, no. 1, p. L3-L6 (ApJL Homepage)
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Astronomical Photometry, Diffraction Limited Cameras, Hubble Space Telescope, Optical Waveguides, Performance Tests, Calibrating, Mirrors, Mission Planning, Satellite-Borne Instruments, Spaceborne Photography
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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 micrometer. 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.

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