PlaneWave - 24" CDK24 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Truss Telescope - Fused Silica

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PLA-240104Q
$63,500.00
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The PlaneWave Instruments CDK24, is a 24 inch (0.61 m) f/6.5 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph telescope.

Fused silica optics for optimal thermal stability. 

The CDK24 has a dual truss design, with 3 cooling fans for the back of the primary mirror and 4 fans for the front surface of the primary mirror.

The CDK24 covers a 70 mm field of view without any field curvature, off-axis coma, or astigmatism.

The instrument weight is 240 lbs (109 kg) and comes standard with a back plate retaining ring ready to accept the focuser of your choice.

1 year warranty. 

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 24" CDK24 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Truss Telescope - Fused Silica

The Planewave CDK24 is a 24” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope featuring fused silica mirrors and a carbon fiber truss design.  Built for superior thermal stability, the telescope includes multiple cooling fans, is pre-wired for dew prevention with the addition of the optional Delta-T controller, and uses a unique thermal expansion bracket to account for differences in expansion rates from the carbon fiber trusses and the aluminum dovetail.    

Designed for astrophotography and to provide an affordable observatory grade solution, the CDK24 is made to perform.  With no coma, astigmatism, or field curvature, this telescope delivers pinpoint stars from edge to edge across a 70mm image circle.  Images are produced with exceptional clarity.  When paired with a 16803 imaging sensor, users will experience a 61x61 ar minute field of view.  Simplicity was also considered and the CDK24 can be collimated by adjusting a single mirror.  

CDK24 Key Features: 

  • Fused Silica quartz mirrors for higher thermal stability. 
  • 6 cooling fans. 
  • Pre-wired with heating elements for optional Delta-T
  • Dovetail expansion joint
  • 3D printed baffles
  • Carbon fiber truss tube.
  • Single mirror collimation. 

Corrected Dall Kirkham Optical Design

With a goal to resolve natural optical issues found in the Ritchey Chretien design, David Rowe paired a correcting doublet lens group with a spherical secondary and an ellipsoid primary mirror. The result was the CDK, a coma free, astigmatism free and curvature free design that provides pinpoint stars across a 70mm image circle.  

Fused Silica Mirrors

With a coefficient of thermal expansion 6 times lower than Borosilicate Pyrex glass, fused silica optical glass is exponentially more stable as temperatures change.  For long observing or imaging sessions, this added stability reduces the need to adjust focus.  

Carbon Fiber Truss Design

To further minimize thermal expansion and the need to adjust focus, the open truss design of the CDK24 utilizes carbon fiber a highly stable material.  Carbon fiber also has the added benefit of being strong but very lightweight, reducing the overall weight of the CDK24.   

3D Printed Baffles

Using 3D printing technology, Planewave is able to produce a lightweight successive layers with highly precise positioning to minimize stray light and vignetting while maximizing contrast. 

Dovetail Expansion Joint

To provide additional thermal expansion stability, the CDK24 is equipped with an expansion joint to account for the different expansion rates of the carbon fiber trusses and the aluminum dovetail.  

Cooling Fans

Three rear cooling fans pull air through the optical tube near the primary mirror, and three additional fans blow air across the primary from the side of the telescope body.   This combination of fans and open truss design allow the CDK24 to reach thermal equilibrium quickly.   The fans are controlled by a manual switch on the optical tube or can be controlled with PWI3 software when the Planewave EFA kit is added. 

Warranty

Planewave provided 1 year

More Information
Brand PlaneWave Instruments
Free Shipping Does Not Qualify for Free Shipping
Aperture 24 inch (610mm)
Case Included No
Focal Length 3974mm
Focal Ratio F/6.5
Focus Type None, ready to accept your choice of focuser
Finderscope Included No
Diagonal Included No
Included Dovetail D series with expansion joint
Optical Tube Material Carbon Fiber
Size of Secondary Obstruction 11 inch (280mm)
Optical Coatings Aluminum
Optical Tube Length 56 inches (1422mm)
Optical Tube Diameter 31x35 inches
Optical Tube Weight 240 pounds
Warranty 1 year.
In The Box
  • CDK24 Optical Tube
  • Prewired heating elements for optional DeltaT
  • OTA Cover
  • Flahdrive containing software and instructions
  • Wrench Set - EU orders only
  • CDK24 Optical Tube
  • Prewired heating elements for optional DeltaT
  • OTA Cover
  • Flahdrive containing software and instructions
  • Wrench Set - EU orders only
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