P48 Observer Information
The Palomar 48-inch Samuel Oschin Telescope (P48) operates exclusively in a robotic, queue-scheduled service-observing mode.
The current camera installed on the Samuel Oschin Telescope is the ZTF camera, with sixteen 6k×6k CCDs that cover 47 square degrees of sky. This camera's field of view enables a full scan of the northern visible sky every three nights. ZTF's fast readout electronics enable a survey more than an order of magnitude faster than that of PTF. The ZTF camera saw first light in November 2017.
Detailed information on this new facility can be found in the following articles and presentation:
Questions? We've answered many common observing and operations questions in our observer FAQ page.