PlaneWave Instruments

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

    $210,000.00
    SKU: PLA-700101

    This item is custom made and will be made per your request. Payment is due in advance.

    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.

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

    $9,990.00
    SKU: PLA-125101

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

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

  3. PlaneWave - 14" CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Telescope

    $15,000.00
    SKU: PLA-140101

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    The PlaneWave Instruments CDK14 is a 14 inch (0.36 m) f/7.2 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph telescope. The CDK14 covers a 70 mm field of view without any field curvature, off-axis coma, or astigmatism.

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

    $22,000.00
    SKU: PLA-170101

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    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.

  5. PlaneWave - 2" CCD Spacer - 2.8" Length

    $140.00
    SKU: PLA-200368-3

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

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

  6. PlaneWave - 2" CCD Spacer - 3.3" Length

    $140.00
    SKU: PLA-200368-2

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

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

  7. PlaneWave - 2" CCD Spacer - 3.8" Length

    $140.00
    SKU: PLA-200368-1

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

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

  8. PlaneWave - 20" CDK20 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Truss Telescope

    $32,500.00
    SKU: PLA-200101

    In Stock

    The Planewave CDK optical design is the innovative solution for unsurpassed astroimaging quality at an affordable price

  9. PlaneWave - 24" CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph Telescope Carbon Fiber Truss Telescope

    $50,000.00
    SKU: PLA-240101

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    Introducing the PlaneWave Instruments CDK24, a 24 inch (0.61 m) f/6.8 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph telescope.

  10. Planewave - Adapter 3.5" Hedrick Focuser to Securefit Low Profile Spacer

    $95.00
    SKU: PLA-600328

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    This PlaneWave 600328 adapter works in conjunction with the 600327 adapter to connect the 3.5" Hedrick Focuser with the SecureFit Low Profile Spacer.

  11. Planewave - Adapter 3.5" Hedrick Focuser to SecureFit Low Profile Spacer

    $95.00
    SKU: PLA-600327

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    This PlaneWave 600327 adapter works in conjunction with the 600328 adapter to connect the 3.5" Hedrick Focuser with the SecureFit Low Profile Spacer.

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

    $140.00
    SKU: PLA-125370

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    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.

  13. PlaneWave - Adapter, 3.5″ Hedrick Focuser to 2.7″ AP Threads

    $150.00
    SKU: PLA-200391

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    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.

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

    $180.00
    SKU: PLA-200379

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    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.

  15. PlaneWave - Ascension 200HR German Equatorial Mount

    $23,500.00
    SKU: PLA-A200110

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    PlaneWave Instruments is proud to introduce the Ascension 200HR German Equatorial Mounts. This German Equatorial mount is designed to give peerless performance with up to 275 pounds of payload.

  16. PlaneWave - CCD Adapter, Apogee to PlaneWave SecureFit

    $180.00
    SKU: PLA-200396

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    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.

  17. PlaneWave - CCD Adapter, Male T-Thread to PlaneWave SecureFit

    $160.00
    SKU: PLA-200393

    In stock

    CCD Adapter, Male T-Thread to PlaneWave SecureFit:  An adapter that is used in conjunction with SecureFit CCD Spacer to attach to a PlaneWave telescope.

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

    $140.00
    SKU: PLA-200397

    In stock

    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.

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

    $140.00
    SKU: PLA-200362

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

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

    $140.00
    SKU: PLA-200395

    This item typically has a delivery time of 8-12 weeks. Place your order today to reserve.

    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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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.