Planewave - CDK350 Observatory System

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$29,500.00
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This Planewave CDK350 high performance system includes a CDK14 telescope and the L-350 mount.  

The CDK14 f/7.2 optical tube has no coma, no off-axis astigmatism and no field curvature with tack sharp views across a 70mm image circle.   Built on a fused silica mirror with low thermal expansion, the 14" CDK features a carbon fiber optical tube. 

The Planwave L-350 mount features high precision performance with high tracking and slewing speeds, zero periodic error, no backlash and low maintenance needs thanks to a direct drive system.   This mount can be installed in either EQ or Alt-Azimuth configurations and can be configured to hold two telescopes with an additional, optional, dovetail bracket.

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Planewave CDK350 Observatory System

The Planewave CDK350 observatory system includes a 14" CDK and 350 direct drive mount.  It is ideally suited to smaller observatory foot prints while still meeting the demands that a larger aperture instrument can provide.  

Planewave CDK350 Features

CDK14 Features:

  • f/7.2 and 2563mm focal length
  • No coma, no off-axis astigmatism, and no field curvature.
  • Pinpoint stars across a 70mm image circle.
  • Rock solid fused silica mirrors with low thermal expansion.
  • Carbon fiber optical tube assembly for rigidity and fast cooling.
  • Simple secondary mirror collimation thanks to the fixed primary mirror.

CDK350 Mount Features:

  • Zero periodic error, zero backlash, and minimal maintenance due to the lack of gears.
  • Slew speeds up to 50 degrees/sec for satellite tracking and fast target acquisition.
  • Sidereal tracking accuracy of < 0.30 arcseconds RMS over 5 minutes.
  • High resolution optical encoders on both axes for precision feedback.
  • Can be installed in either equatorial, or alt/az configuration.
  • Includes PWI4 software (ASCOM compliant) for mount control.

Planewave CDK14 14" Corrected Dall Kirkham Telescope

The PlaneWave Instruments CDK350 CDK14 is a 14 inch (0.35 m) f/7.2 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph telescope. The CDK14 has a dual carbon-fiber truss design, with 3 cooling fans ejecting air from the back of the telescope, and 4 fans blowing across the boundary layer of the mirror’s surface. The CDK14 covers a 70mm field of view without any field curvature, off-axis coma, or astigmatism. The instrument weight is 48 lbs (21.8 kg) and comes standard with a backplate retaining ring ready to accept the focuser of your choice.

Planewave L-350 Mount

The Planewave L350 mount features a direct drive system and high resolution encoders for smooth and accurate tracking and pointing.   The result of this combination is zero backlash and zero periodic error.   With slew speeds up to 50 degrees per second, navigating to new points in the night sky or tracking fast moving objects like sattelites is quick and efficient.   The enclosed mount electronics and through mount cabling ensures your system remains neat and organized.   The L Series mounts from Planewave use field proven technology and run some of the largest observatories in the world.   To keep your system perfectly balanced, Planewave uses a dovetail balance system that can be adjusted for both AZ and EQ configurations.   The L-350 mount can be used in a dual mount configuration as well, with the addition of an optional dovetail bracket, allowing you to hold two telescopes at one time. 

More Information
Brand PlaneWave Instruments
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Aperture 14"
Case Included No
Focal Length 2563mm
Focal Ratio f/7.2
Optical Tube Material Carbon Fiber
Apparent Field of View 70mm Image Circle
Secondary Mirror Obstruction By Area 23.7% by surface area; 48.6% of the Primary Mirror Diameter
Optical Tube Weight 48 lbs.
Accessory Tray Included? No
Adjustable Legs? No
Slew Speeds 20 degrees per second (standard); 50 degrees per second (maximum), both axes
Tracking Rates < 0.3 arcseconds over a 5 minute period at sidereal velocity
GPS No
Includes Autoguide Port Yes
Periodic Error Correction No
Warranty One year for optical coatings and two years mechanics and electronics from the date of delivery
In The Box
  • CDK14 Optical Tube
  • Cooling Fans
  • Prewired for Heaters - Ready to Accept DeltaT
  • OTA Cover
  • L350 Direct Drive Mount
  • Flashdrive for instructions and software.
  • 16' USB Cable
  • 120 VAC power cable
  • Standard Allen Key set
  • Gamepad for manual control
  • 6 1/2-13x1 1/4" socket head cap screws to bolt the mount to th e pier or wedge.
  • 6 1/2-13 washers.
  • 1 extended length shoulder bolt for RA axis to EQ wedge alignment. 
  • CDK14 Optical Tube
  • Cooling Fans
  • Prewired for Heaters - Ready to Accept DeltaT
  • OTA Cover
  • L350 Direct Drive Mount
  • Flashdrive for instructions and software.
  • 16' USB Cable
  • 120 VAC power cable
  • Standard Allen Key set
  • Gamepad for manual control
  • 6 1/2-13x1 1/4" socket head cap screws to bolt the mount to th e pier or wedge.
  • 6 1/2-13 washers.
  • 1 extended length shoulder bolt for RA axis to EQ wedge alignment. 
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