This is the original camera body called the "4-Shooter" used on the Hale 200-inch telescope at the Cassegrain focus to proof-test the split field design for the Wide Field/Planetary camera of the Hubble Space Telescope. This body assembly contained the filter wheel, optical baffles, entrance aperture and shutter. The NASM collection holds the complete, working camera including split field optics and 2 of the original 4 CCD camera units that were used programmatically on the 200-inch for many years. It was featured in Richard Preston's "First Light" as a galaxy and quasar finder.
The California Institute of Technology donated the object to the Museum in September 1999.
Gift of the Palomar Observatory, California Institute of Technology.