The Automated Planet Finder is a facility on Mount Hamilton with a high resolution optical echelle spectrometer. Currently, a fraction of time on the APF is available for the greater UC community.
The APF runs nightly, observing a list of targets in an automated manner. Each target on this list is observed with the Levy spectrometer.
The Levy is a high resolution spectrometer with multiple options for slit apertures. To aid in planning, we have an exposure time calculator.
The APF is a high throughput system, with a peak system efficiency of around 14%. We use these real measurements in our exposure time calculator.
Each target for the APF needs a simple description. This a expanded version of the star-list entry that is used at Mount Hamilton or Keck. We provide a way of generating these descriptions for you.
The automated software focuses the instrument and then acquires a set of standard calibrations. This can be customized, and we show the script used to generate the standard calibrations.
All APF data are stored in the Mount Hamilton Data Archive. This provides a rapid way of collecting your data and an independent long term storage for data.