Automated Planet Finder

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Automated Planet Finder
The Automated Planet Finder.  In the background is the Carnegie Double Astrograph
The Automated Planet Finder. In the background is the Carnegie Double Astrograph
Type Optical telescope
Location California, USA

height 1,280 m (4,200 ft)
Geographic coordinates 37 ° 20 '33.1 "  N , 121 ° 38' 17.5"  W Coordinates: 37 ° 20 '33.1 "  N , 121 ° 38' 17.5"  W.
Aperture 2.4 m

The Automated Planet Finder Telescope ( APF ) (English for "automatic planet finder ") is an optical telescope of the Lick Observatory , built on Mount Hamilton in the east of San Jose , California . It is built to search for exoplanets with about five to twenty times the mass of the earth , the telescope observes over ten stars every night. The total construction cost was $ 12.37 million. Commissioning was actually planned for 2006, but due to manufacturing problems with the main component, it was not commissioned until August 2013.


Parts of the telescope that were built by international companies:

  • The mirror was developed in Russia.
  • The blank was made in Maryland, USA.
  • The assembly was carried out in Arizona, USA.
  • The dome was built in Australia.
  • The optical spectrometer was designed and built in California.

See also

Web links

Commons : Automated Planet Finder  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Telescopes of the Lick Observatory . In: University of California Observatories . 2015. Accessed August 23, 2016.
  2. Steven S. Vogt et al., APF - The Lick Observatory Automated Planet Finder , February 26, 2014.
  3. Major gift supports crucial piece of Automated Planet Finder ( Memento of the original from June 13, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. ^ David Perlman: Automated Planet Finder telescope seeks life . In: San Francisco Chronicle , August 21, 2010. 
  5. UCO Director Newsletters: Newsletter # 6 October 2009
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