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  1. PlaneWave - Counter Weight for Paramount (40 LBS FOR 1.5" SHAFT)

    PlaneWave - Counter Weight for Paramount (40 LBS FOR 1.5" SHAFT)

    Material is 304 Stainless Steel with bronze Insert. Custom four vane knob with non-marring brass tip ... Learn More
    Model#: 600110
    $400.00

  2. PlaneWave - CCD Adapter, SBIG ST to PlaneWave SecureFit

    PlaneWave - CCD Adapter, SBIG ST to PlaneWave SecureFit

    CCD Adapter,  SBIG STL to PlaneWave SecureFit:  An adapter that is used in conjunction with Secure Fit CCD Spacer to attach to a PlaneWave CDK telescope.

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    Model#: 200397
    $140.00

  3. PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 12.5" OTA

    PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 12.5" OTA

    Have Full Control of Primary and Secondary Heater using PlaneWave Interface (PWI 3) Software.

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    Model#: 125902
    $1,000.00

  4. PlaneWave - Adapter, 2.75″ Hedrick Focuser to 2.7″ AP Threads

    PlaneWave - Adapter, 2.75″ Hedrick Focuser to 2.7″ AP Threads

    Adapter, 2.75" Hedrick Focuser to 2.7" AP Threads (only for CDK12.5):  This adapter bolts onto the back of the Hedrick 2.75" Focuser and provides female Astrophysics threads for use with AP accessories.

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    Model#: 125370
    $140.00

  5. PlaneWave - Electronic Focus Accessory for CDK 12.5" OTA

    PlaneWave - Electronic Focus Accessory for CDK 12.5" OTA

    The EFA Kit automates focusing, temperature monitoring, control of accessories and control of fans. The kit comes complete with a 12VDC servo motor, motor mounting bracket and a set of bevel gears.

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    Model#: 125901
    $800.00

  6. PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 17" OTA

    PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 17" OTA

    Have Full Control of Primary and Secondary Heater using PlaneWave Interface (PWI 3) Software.

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    Model#: 170902
    $1,000.00

  7. PlaneWave - Dovetail Clamp CDK 17" and 20"

    PlaneWave - Dovetail Clamp CDK 17" and 20"

    This is a dovetail clamp that bolts onto either the Paramount versa plate or the AP1200 mount and then is compatible with the CDK17 and CDK20 heavy duty dovetail.

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    Model#: 200919
    $349.00

  8. PlaneWave - Paramount MEII Versa Plate Accessory

    PlaneWave - Paramount MEII Versa Plate Accessory

    The Paramount ME II Large Dovetail is an optional accessory that enables the Paramount ME II’s Versa-Plate to accept  the Planewave CDK17/20/24 dovetail. The large dovetail is rated to carry 113 kb (250 lb.).

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    Model#: 600151
    $299.00

  9. PlaneWave - Mounting Bracket for Finderscope

    PlaneWave - Mounting Bracket for Finderscope

    An L shaped bracket that attaches in four different places on the back of any of the CDK models.  This is used to mount a finderscope or some other accessory.

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    Model#: 125360
    $50.00

  10. PlaneWave - 12.5 inch CDK Optical Tube Assembly  Used

    PlaneWave - 12.5 inch CDK Optical Tube Assembly Used

    PlaneWave 12.5 inch CDK Optical Tube Assembly  Used

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    Model#: CDK12.5

    Regular Price: $10,500.00

    Special Price: $8,900.00

  11. PlaneWave Visual Adapter CDK12.5

    PlaneWave - Visual Adapter - CDK12.5

    This adapter slides into the Hedrick Focuser that comes standard on the CDK12.5.

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    Model#: 125399
    $160.00

  12. PlaneWave 17" CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Truss Telescope

    PlaneWave - 17" CDK17 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Truss Telescope

    The latest member of the CDK family is the CDK17 New and Improved in 2013. The CDK optical design is the innovative solution for unsurpassed astro-imaging quality at an affordable price.

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    Model#: 170101
    We're offering the same deal as the CGE Pro. Save huge and get a free Night of Hands on Training at our Observatory plus 2.5% savings towards future accessories!
    $22,000.00

  13. PlaneWave - CCD Adapter, SecureFit or 3.5″ Hedrick Focuser to Fingerlakes Male Thread

    PlaneWave - CCD Adapter, SecureFit or 3.5″ Hedrick Focuser to Fingerlakes Male Thread

    CCD Adapter, PlaneWave SecureFit or 3.5" Hedrick Focuser to Fingerlakes Male Thread:   An adapter that allows the use of Fingerlakes accessories.

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    Model#: 200395
    $140.00

  14. PlaneWave - Counter Weight for ASCENSION 200 and AP1200 (18 LBS FOR 1.875" SHAFT)

    PlaneWave - Counter Weight for ASCENSION 200 and AP1200 (18 LBS FOR 1.875" SHAFT)

    Material is 304 Stainless Steel with bronze Insert. Custom four vane knob with non-marring brass tip ... Learn More
    Model#: 600113
    $225.00

  15. PlaneWave - Adapter, CDK17/20 to Clement Focuser

    PlaneWave - Adapter, CDK17/20 to Clement Focuser

    Adapter, CDK17&20 to Clement Focuser:  This adapter attaches to the back of the CDK17 or CDK20 using the same retaining ring that holds the PlaneWave 3.5" Hedrick Focuser onto the telescope.

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    Model#: 200379
    $180.00

  16. PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 24" OTA

    PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 24" OTA

    Have Full Control of Primary and Secondary Heater using PlaneWave Interface (PWI 3) Software.

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    Model#: 240902
    $1,200.00

  17. PlaneWave 2" CCD Spacer 3.8" Length

    PlaneWave - 2" CCD Spacer - 3.8" Length

    2" CCD Spacer:   A CCD Spacer that accepts a standard 2" barrel.   These come in lengths of 3.8", 3.3" and 2.8".

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    Model#: 200368-1
    $140.00

  18. PlaneWave - Light Shroud for CDK 20" OTA

    PlaneWave - Light Shroud for CDK 20" OTA

    A spandex light shroud to block out stray light or to minimize dust on the primary mirror. Available for the CDK17 and the CDK20.

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    Model#: 200970
    $150.00

  19. PlaneWave Piggyback Dovetail for CDK 24" OTA

    PlaneWave - Piggyback Dovetail for CDK 24" OTA

    Piggyback Dovetail Assembly: A set of two brackets and a Losmandy style dovetail for mounting accessories on your CDK 17,  20 or 24 Optical Tube.

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    Model#: 240990
    $450.00

  20. PlaneWave 0.7m CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Telescope

    PlaneWave - 0.7m CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Telescope

    PlaneWave Instruments now brings a fully automated observatory class telescope to the market in the CDK700, a 0.7 meter, Alt-Az telescope system.

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    Model#: 700101
    $200,000.00

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PlaneWave Instruments was founded in 2006 by Richard Hedrick and Joseph Haberman, two former telescope engineers at Celestron, one of the largest telescope manufacturer worldwide. Richard Hedrick brings over 21 years of telescope design experience.  As former Chief Technology Officer and previous owner of Celestron he was responsible for developing Celestron’s award winning Schmidt-Cassegrain computerized telescopes.  Joseph Haberman has over 20 years of experience in telescope design and worked at Celestron as an optical engineer and master optician.  Getting a product like the CDK into the hand of serious imagers and amateur astronomers has been a shared vision of Hedrick and Haberman for many years. PlaneWave Instruments is committed to providing observatory-class products for serious astronomers at an unprecedented value.


Richard Hedrick - President, CEO and Co-founderRichard Hedrick’s background in telescopes comes from a long history at Celestron, one of the world’s leading telescope manufactures, where he designed telescopes for over 11 years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.  While at Celestron, Mr. Hedrick managed an extensive engineering department, which included industrial, mechanical, optical, software and electronics engineers, as well as overseeing the information systems department.  Mr. Hedrick chaired Celestron’s product development team and was the driving force behind telescope innovations at Celestron for over a decade.  He has been awarded numerous patents for telescope designs and algorithms.  

With a background in physics and astronomy, Mr. Hedrick led Celestron’s engineering team in the NexStar 5 telescope design, one of the company’s most successful product launches.  The NexStar 5 incorporated an ergonomic design never seen in the amateur telescope market, as well as very sophisticated software that made the telescope easier to use than any previous computerized telescope on the market.  Under his leadership in 2000, Celestron took that design and moved it down to telescopes in the $199 to $599 range with the NexStar GT line of telescopes.  In 2001, also under his leadership, Celestron released the first telescope ever to have an integrated GPS and compass, making the process of aligning a telescope easier than it had ever been before. 

In 2005, Mr. Hedrick co-invented a new invention – yet another process for aligning the telescope to the sky, called SkyAlign (patent pending), which dramatically improved the process again.  Subsequently, SkyAlign was first made available on Celestron’s CPC series of telescopes.  In 2006 Mr Hedrick led the Celestron engineering team in getting the revolutionary SkyScout Personal Planetarium to market.

Mr. Hedrick is also an avid amateur astronomer, astrophotographer and telescope maker.  In 1991, while still a student, he started a telescope making class at El Camino College in Torrance, CA which continues to be a popular course at the college to this day.

Mr. Hedrick graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a BS degree in Physics. While at UCLA, he worked for the Physics department in the Particle Beam Physics Laboratory and was part of a team of undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students who built a 20 MeV particle accelerator.  Some of the experiments conducted on the PBPL Accelerator were Plasma Lensing, Free Electron Lasers, and X-ray Backscattering. 

Joseph Haberman - Vice President and Co-founderJoe Haberman brings over 15 years of optical engineering experience, most recently at Celestron, where he held the position of Optical Design Engineer and Master Optician. Mr. Haberman, an avid amateur astronomer, first became interested in making optics in the early 90’s and finished his first paraboloidal mirror in 1993 – in the same telescope making class at El Camino College that Rick Hedrick started.

After finishing his first telescope, a 10” f/6 Newtonian, Mr. Haberman was hooked on the intricacies of building telescope optical systems and went on to make mirrors and lenses of many shapes and sizes over the years perfecting his craft. In 2000, with the assistance of his homemade Mirror-O-Matic machines, Mr. Haberman started his own optics company, Haberman Optics. The company built a solid reputation for making large aperture paraboloidal mirrors, which caught the attention of executives at Celestron who recruited him to build their next generation optics.

Mr. Haberman’s passion for making telescope optics eventually led to his pioneering work on new optical designs. His extensive research on and development of new optical systems has resulted in some cutting edge advancements in optics, including co-designing the CDK20 with Dave Rowe and Richard Hedrick. His extensive optics research also led to the development of several new variations to Tom Waineo’s null test, which he uses to test the ellipsoidal primary mirror of the CDK20.