3.1 ACS Location in the HST Focal Plane

ACS is mounted in one of the axial instrument bays behind the HST primary mirror. The relative locations of the science instruments in the focal plane and their fields of view are shown schematically in Figure 3.1When referring to the HST and its focal plane, we use a coordinate system that is fixed to the telescope and consists of three orthogonal axes: U1, U2 and U3. U1 lies along the optical axis, U2 is parallel to the solar-array rotation axis, and U3 is perpendicular to the solar-array axis. (Note: Some HST documentation uses the alternative V1, V2, V3 coordinate system for which V1 = U1, V2 = –U2 and V3 = –U3.)

Figure 3.1:  The HST field of view with the locations of the SI and the FGS apertures in the (U2,U3) focal plane. The layout of the instrument entrance apertures in the telescope focal plane as projected onto the sky are shown. The scale in arcseconds is indicated.