Automated Planet Finder Telescope at Lick Observatory
the Automated Planet Finder (APF) consists of a 2.4-meter automated telescope and enclosure, and a high-resolution spectrograph.
Extrasolar planetary research has been very successful at Lick Observatory, yet observing time on the nearby Shane telescope for any one project is always limited. By operating robotically on clear nights, the APF greatly increases the chances of finding extrasolar planets. The APF’s advanced spectrograph was designed by well-known planet hunter Steve Vogt, and built at UCO’s Technical Facilities.
Credit: UCO (University of California Observatories)