PlaneWave Instruments

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  1. PlaneWave - CCD Adapter, Apogee to PlaneWave SecureFit

    $180.00
    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 - Light Shroud for CDK 17" OTA

    $150.00
    SKU: PLA-170970

    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.

  3. PlaneWave - Light Shroud for CDK 24" OTA

    $200.00
    SKU: PLA-240970

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    A spandex light shroud to block out stray light or to minimize dust on the primary mirror.

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

    $50,000.00
    SKU: PLA-240101

    This Item Will Be Available in 1-2 Months

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

  5. PlaneWave - Secure Fit CCD Spacer for CDK12.5 - L=3.5"

    $250.00
    SKU: PLA-125357-2

    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.

  6. PlaneWave - Hedrick Focuser

    $1,000.00
    SKU: PLA-200340

    In stock

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

  7. Planewave - Visual Adapter 2″

    $160.00
    SKU: PLA-140399

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    This adapter slides into the Hedrick Focuser.  The adapter steps the 3" opening down to 2" for standard 2" accessories.

  8. PlaneWave - Reducer 0.66x CDK17/CDK20

    $1,200.00
    SKU: PLA-200166

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    This is a reducer designed specifically for flat field telescopes like the CDK. This reduces the f ratio of the CDK telescope 66%. The f/6.8 CDK17 and CDK20 telescopes will be reduced to about f/4.5.

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

    $95.00
    SKU: PLA-600328

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

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

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

    $22,000.00
    SKU: PLA-170101

    This Item Will Be Available in 1-2 Months

    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.

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

    $160.00
    SKU: PLA-200393

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    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.

  12. Planewave - Light Shroud for CDK 700 Telescope

    $270.00
    SKU: PLA-700970

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    This lightweight spandex light shroud from Planewave keeps unwanted light away from the mirrors of your CDK 700 telescope. Part #700970
  13. PlaneWave - Counter Weight for ASCENSION 200 and AP1200 (18 LBS FOR 1.875" SHAFT)

    $225.00
    SKU: PLA-600113

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

    Material is 304 Stainless Steel with bronze Insert. Custom four vane knob with non-marring brass tip
  14. PlaneWave - 2" CCD Spacer - 2.8" Length

    $140.00
    SKU: PLA-200368-3

    Wait Time is 3-5 Days

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

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

    $800.00
    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.

  16. PlaneWave - Piggyback Dovetail for CDK 20" OTA

    $349.00
    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.

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

    $349.00
    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.

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

    $24,000.00
    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.

  19. PlaneWave - Mounting Bracket for Finderscope

    $50.00
    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.

  20. Planewave - FW8G-STT adapter

    $160.00
    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"

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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.