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  1. Planewave Secure Fit CCD Spacer 4.5"

    Planewave - Secure Fit CCD Spacer - 4.5"

    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.

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    Model#: 200361-3

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

    $250.00

  2. PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 14" & 17" OTA

    PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 14" & 17" OTA

    The Delta T Heater allows you to maintain optimal temperature control within your Planewave CDK. Have Full Control of Primary and Secondary Heater using PlaneWave Interface (PWI 3) Software.

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    Model#: 600195

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

    $650.00

  3. PlaneWave - Ascension 200HD German Equitorial Mount

    PlaneWave - Ascension 200HD German Equitorial Mount

    PlaneWave Instruments is proud to introduce the Ascension 200 and the Ascension 200HR German Equatorial Mounts. Both mounts are designed to give peerless performance with up to 275 pounds of payload. Both use 360-tooth, 12 ... Learn More
    Model#: A200HD

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

    $18,500.00

  4. PlaneWave - Counter Weight for Paramount (40 LBS FOR 1.5" SHAFT)

    PlaneWave - Counter Weight for Paramount (40 LBS FOR 1.5" SHAFT)

    Material is 304 Stainless Steel with bronze Insert. Custom four vane knob with non-marring brass tip ... Learn More
    Model#: 600110

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

    $400.00

  5. PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 12.5" OTA

    PlaneWave - Delta T Heater for CDK 12.5" OTA

    Have Full Control of Primary and Secondary Heater using PlaneWave Interface (PWI 3) Software.

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    Model#: 125902

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

    $1,000.00

  6. PlaneWave - Light Shroud for CDK 17" OTA

    PlaneWave - Light Shroud for CDK 17" OTA

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

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    Model#: 170970

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

    $150.00

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

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

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

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    Model#: 240101

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

    $50,000.00

  8. PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 20"

    PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 20"

    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.

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    Model#: IR DK20

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

    $35,000.00

  9. PlaneWave Hedrick Focuser

    PlaneWave - Hedrick Focuser

    The Hedrick focuser designed by PlaneWave is a heavy duty no-slip focuser capable of handling a imaging payload of up to 20lbs.

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    Model#: 200340

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    $1,000.00

  10. Planewave Counterweight Accessory for CDK14 and 20

    Planewave - Counterweight Accessory for CDK14 and 20

    Counterweight kit come with mounting bracket and three .5 lb weights. Additional weights (125382) can be purchase separately.

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    Model#: 200150

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

    $199.00

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

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

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

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    Model#: 600327

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

    $95.00

  12. PlaneWave 17" CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Truss Telescope

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

    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.

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    Model#: 170101

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

    $22,000.00

  13. PlaneWave - Counter Weight for ASCENSION 200 and AP1200 (18 LBS FOR 1.875" SHAFT)

    PlaneWave - Counter Weight for ASCENSION 200 and AP1200 (18 LBS FOR 1.875" SHAFT)

    Material is 304 Stainless Steel with bronze Insert. Custom four vane knob with non-marring brass tip ... Learn More
    Model#: 600113

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

    $225.00

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

    PlaneWave - Electronic Focus Accessory for CDK 12.5" OTA

    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.

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    Model#: 125901

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

    $800.00

  15. PlaneWave - Piggyback Dovetail for CDK 17" OTA

    PlaneWave - Piggyback Dovetail for CDK 17" OTA

    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.

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    Model#: 170990

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

    $349.00

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

    PlaneWave - Dovetail Clamp CDK 17" and 20"

    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.

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    Model#: 200919

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

    $349.00

  17. PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 12.5"

    PlaneWave - Infrared Dall-Kirkham Optical Tube Assembly 12.5"

    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.

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    Model#: IR DK12.5

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

    $13,800.00

  18. PlaneWave - Mounting Bracket for Finderscope

    PlaneWave - Mounting Bracket for Finderscope

    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.

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    Model#: 125360

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

    $50.00

  19. PlaneWave - Piggyback Dovetail For CDK14

    PlaneWave - Piggyback Dovetail For CDK14

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    Model#: 140990

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

    $299.00

  20. PlaneWave Visual Adapter CDK12.5

    PlaneWave - Visual Adapter - CDK12.5

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

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    Model#: 125399

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

    $160.00

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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.