PlaneWave Instruments

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  1. PlaneWave - CCD Adapter, Apogee to PlaneWave SecureFit

    SKU: PLA-200396

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

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

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

    SKU: PLA-125901

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    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.

  3. PlaneWave - Piggyback Dovetail for CDK 20" OTA

    SKU: PLA-200990

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    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.

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

    SKU: PLA-200919

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    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.

  5. PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 17"

    SKU: PLA-170120

    This Item Will Be Available in 1-2 Months

    This is a Dall-Kirkham optical design with coatings that are optimized to transmit in infrared wavelengths.  It is diffraction limited across a 20mm image circle at the focal plane.

  6. PlaneWave - Mounting Bracket for Finderscope

    SKU: PLA-125360

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    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.

  7. Planewave - FW8G-STT adapter

    SKU: PLA-600351

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    This adapter attaches to the SBIG  FW8G Self Guiding filter wheel or the OAG-8300 guider. Thickness = .55"

  8. PlaneWave - Visual Adapter - CDK12.5

    SKU: PLA-125399

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

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

  9. Planewave - Secure Fit CCD Spacer - 3.8"

    SKU: PLA-200361-1

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    A secure way of attaching a CCD camera at the image plane of the telescope.  The SecureFit Spacers attached via four screws to the PlaneWave Hedrick focuser.

  10. Planewave - Two Extra 30 Ib Counter Weights

    SKU: PLA-600129

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

  11. PlaneWave - 12.5" CDK12.5 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Telescope

    SKU: PLA-125101

    This Item Will Be Available in 1-2 Months

    The 12.5" CDK optical design is the innovative solution for unsurpassed astro imaging quality at an affordable price.

  12. PlaneWave - CCD Adapter, SBIG STL to PlaneWave SecureFit

    SKU: PLA-200362

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

  13. Planewave - L-600 Direct Drive Mount

    SKU: PLA-L600

    This item is special order. Delivery times will vary. Place your order today and your card will not be charged until the item ships.

    PlaneWave Instruments is proud to introduce its new L-Series direct drive mount system. Offered in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration. The L-Series comes in three models; the L-350 capable of holding 100 lbs;  the L-500 designed for the CDK17/20 that can hold payload of over 200 lbs.

  14. PlaneWave - Counter Weight for ASCENSION 200 and AP1200 (40 LBS FOR 1.875" SHAFT)

    SKU: PLA-600111

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    Material is 304 Stainless Steel with bronze Insert. Custom four vane knob with non-marring brass tip
  15. PlaneWave - Adapter, 3.5″ Hedrick Focuser to 2.7″ AP Threads

    SKU: PLA-200391

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    Adapter, 3.5" Hedrick Focuser to 2.7" AP Threads (only for CDK17 and CDK20): This adapter bolts onto the back of the Hedrick 3.5" Focuser and provides female Astrophysics threads for use with AP accessories.

  16. PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 20" & 24" OTA

    SKU: PLA-200902

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    The PlaneWave Delta-T heater control unit will allow you to maintain optimum temperature within your 20 or 24 inch CDK at all times. Have Full Control of Primary and Secondary Heater using PlaneWave Interface (PWI 3) Software.

  17. PlaneWave - Electronic Focus Accessory for CDK 17" OTA

    SKU: PLA-240901

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    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.

  18. PlaneWave - Light Shroud for CDK 20" OTA

    SKU: PLA-200970

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

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

  19. PlaneWave - Paramount MEII Versa Plate Accessory

    SKU: PLA-600151

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    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.).

  20. PlaneWave - 0.7m CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Telescope

    SKU: PLA-700101

    This Item Will Be Available in 1-2 Months

    PlaneWave Instruments now brings a fully automated observatory class telescope to the market in the CDK700, a 0.7 meter, Alt-Az telescope system. An observatory class instrument, this CDK telescope is designed for research facilities and schools. Due to the size and sensitive nature of this telescope, it must be delivered by freight. You will be quoted delivery based on your location by one of our sales staff.

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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.