PlaneWave - 14" CDK14 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Telescope - Fused Silica - CDK 14

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PLA-140101Q
$16,000.00
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The Planewave CDK14 is an innovative solution for unsurpassed astroimaging and visual quality at a remarkably affordable price for a research quality 14" optical tube.

Exceeding RC performance, the CDK or Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope design provides excellent imaging with large format CCD and CMOS cameras with no coma, no off-axis astigmatism, and no field curvature.  Experience pinpoint stars across a 70mm image circle. 

Exceptionally stable fused silica mirrors help reduce the need to refocus thanks to low thermal expansion, and the carbon fiber open truss design allows for quick cooling and tube rigidity. 

A fixed primary mirror allows for straight forward and simple collimation of the secondary mirror. 

Please note that Planewave CDK telescopes are crate packaged.  Crating fees are additional.  The CDK14, fully crated, is 225 pounds, 31x26x53 inches.  Shipping prices and options will be quoted to you.  

If you choose to place an order for this item, you will be contacted for crating and shipping fee information and options.  To receive a quote contact us at [email protected]

 

 

PlaneWave 14" CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Telescope

The Planewave CDK14 is an innovative solution for unsurpassed astroimaging quality at an affordable price. The CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) Optical Design is an innovative solution for unsurpassed astro-imaging quality at an affordable price. The CDK telescope design provides excellent imaging with large format CCD cameras while remaining superb for visual use. The CDK design far exceeds the off-axis performance of most commercial telescope designs including the Ritchey-Chrétien design.

This no-compromise design is unique in making the optical alignment forgiving and collimation very easy. This guarantees the user the best possible performance from the telescope. The end result at the image plane of the CDK design is no off-axis coma, no off-axis astigmatism, perfectly flat field (no off-axis defocus). The CDK design will give you pinpoint stars from the center to the corner of the field of view.

CDK14 Features: 

  • Fused Silica Mirrors with no coma, off-axis astigmatism, or field curvature.
  • 70mm tack-sharp image circle
  • Can be used for imaging and visual work. 
  • Easy to collimate secondary mirror.
  • Carbon Fiber Truss Tube
  • 3D Printed Baffles
  • Dovetail Joint Expansion
  • Delta-T Ready
  • ** This model does not include a focuser, please be sure to research your focuser options and choose the best for your application. 

Fused Silica Mirrors

Fused silica mirrors offer a highly stable optical substrate, making the mirrors less susceptible to being affected by temperature fluctuations.  This in turn reduces the need to refocus during long imaging, viewing or tracking research sessions.  

Every mirror at Planewave undergoes a rigorous process of figuring, testing and inspection to ensure excellence in performance.     Using a custom metrology measurement system, a precision surface wavelength map is created for every mirror and each stage of the manufacturing process.    That map is then utilized by a high precision robotic figuring machine to further smooth and correct any minute errors found in the mirror that might have naturally occurred during the initial manufacturering processes.  This testing is done again after the final figuring stage along with mounting in the support cells and inspection.  Testing is done again at the final assembly of the telescope in a temperature controlled environment, as a complete system with mirrors working in tandem.  

Carbon Fiber Truss Tube

Open truss tube design with carbon fiber frame minimizes thermal expansion which causes focus shift with changes in temperature. Carbon fiber truss design also promotes quick thermal cooling and provides a rigid, lightweight structure.  

3D Printed Baffles

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Dovetail Expansion Joint

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Delta-T Ready

Pre-wired internally with polyimide film heater pads and a temperature sensor, the Planewave CDK14 is ready for Delta-T installation upon delivery.   Control the dew prevention with Planewave's Interface 3 software.  

Cooling Fans

Three rear mounted fans pull air through the optical tube near the primary, helping the telescope reach equilibrium quickly and reducing image distortion.  Fans are controlled with a switch on the optical tube, but can be remotely controlled with PWI3 software when the optional Electronic Focus Accessory is added.  

Warranty

Planewave Instruments CDK telescopes are warrantied from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of one year for the optical coatings and two years for mechanics and electronics from the date of delivery.  

More Information
Brand PlaneWave Instruments
Free Shipping Does Not Qualify for Free Shipping
Aperture 14"
Case Included No
Focal Length 2563mm
Focal Ratio F/7.2
Focus Type Not Included
Optical Tube Material Carbon Fiber
Size of Secondary Obstruction 165mm
Secondary Mirror Obstruction By Diameter 48.5%
Secondary Mirror Obstruction By Area 23.5%
Optical Coatings Aluminum
Optical Tube Length 35 inch
Optical Tube Weight 48 lbs
Warranty 1 year on optics and 2 years on mechanics and electronics
In The Box 14” CDK Optical Tube

Heating Pads and Internal Wiring for Delta-T

OTA Cover

Flashdrive with software and instructions for collimation and spacing.

Wrench Set for EU orders only

14” CDK Optical Tube

Heating Pads and Internal Wiring for Delta-T

OTA Cover

Flashdrive with software and instructions for collimation and spacing.

Wrench Set for EU orders only

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