The Prime Focus Camera (PFCam) is a fast, wide-field, direct imaging
camera for the f/5.5 prime focus of the Lick Observatory Shane 3-m telescope on
PFCam is mounted on-axis above a prime focus field corrector and
atmospheric dispersion compensator (ADC), which provide excellent PSF's
across PFCam's full field of view.
PFCam's components, specifications, interfaces, and operation are detailed herein.
NOTICE: The Prime Focus Camera has been retired from service until further notice as of November 2012.
PFCam is a Lick Observatory facility instrument, available to the University of California astronomical community by subscription. Follow these links to:Time allocation policy
3-meter observing time application forms All new users must be checked out by a resident astronomer on their first night. Please request support on your time application. Please direct questions to the Mount Hamilton support astronomers, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The picture of M27 is an RGB composite of two narrow-band exposures of 300-secs. each in H-alpha and SII, and a 60-secs. broad-band exposure at Rs. Courtesy of Marshall Perrin, UCB.