Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) was Hubble's workhorse camera for
many years. It records images through a selection of 48 colour filters covering
a spectral range from far-ultraviolet to visible and near-infrared wavelengths.
The 'heart' of WFPC2 consists of an L-shaped trio of wide-field sensors and
a smaller, high resolution (Planetary) Camera placed at the square's remaining
WFPC2 has produced most of the stunning images that have been
released as public outreach images over the years. Its resolution and excellent
quality are some of the reasons that WFPC2 has been the most used instrument
in the first 13 years of Hubble's life.
||0,8 m x 2.2 m x 2,0 m
|Field of view
||1200 to 10000 Angstroms
WFPC2 is being readied for insertion into Hubble during the First Servicing Mission.
typical image taken with the WFPC2 camera onboard Hubble. The four CCD chips
are so close that the seams between them are difficult to see. They are all
800x800 pixels - also the smaller PC (Planetary Camera chip in the upper