PlaneWave Instruments

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  1. 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.

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

    $1,000.00
    SKU: PLA-200902

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

    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.

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

    $1,000.00
    SKU: PLA-240901

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

    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.

  4. PlaneWave - Light Shroud for CDK 20" OTA

    $150.00
    SKU: PLA-200970

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

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

  5. PlaneWave - Paramount MEII Versa Plate Accessory

    $299.00
    SKU: PLA-600151

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

    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.).

  6. 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.

  7. PlaneWave - Shroud For CDK14

    $120.00
    SKU: PLA-140970

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

  8. PlaneWave - Reducer 0.66x CDK12.5

    $1,200.00
    SKU: PLA-125166

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

    This is a reducer designed specifically for flat field telescopes like the CDK. This reduces the f ratio of the CDK telescope 66%. The CDK12.5 f/8 telescope will be reduced down to f/5.3.

  9. Planewave - Secure Fit CCD Spacer - 4.5"

    $250.00
    SKU: PLA-200361-3

    In stock

    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 - Low Profile Secure Fit Spacer 1

    $150.00
    SKU: PLA-200392

    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" Male AP Threads (only for CDK17 and CDK20):  This adapter bolts onto the back of the Hedrick 3.5" Focuser and provides .300" of male Astrophysics 2.7" threads.

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

    $650.00
    SKU: PLA-600195

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

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. PlaneWave - Counter Weight for CELESTRON CGE PRO (18 LBS FOR 1.25" SHAFT)

    $225.00
    SKU: PLA-600114

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

    Material is 304 Stainless Steel with bronze Insert. Custom four vane knob with non-marring brass tip
  14. 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".

  15. PlaneWave - Electronic Focus Accessory for CDK 20" OTA

    $800.00
    SKU: PLA-200901

    In stock

    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 24" OTA

    $450.00
    SKU: PLA-240990

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

    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 - Integrated Rotating Focuser

    $4,500.00
    SKU: PLA-600180

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

    The IRF90 is a large capacity Integrated Focuser and Rotator. The Focuser is capable of lifting 40 lbs (18 kg) with a range 30 mm (30000 microns). The Rotator has a 90mm aperture with a range of 365 degrees with hardstops to elliminate any chance of cord wrap.

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

    $35,000.00
    SKU: PLA-200120

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

    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 - Finderscope and Mounting Bracket

    $299.00
    SKU: PLA-200985

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

    The back plate on all of the CDK models has four mounting positions for a finder mounting plate.

  20. Planewave - Counterweight Accessory for CDK14 and 20

    $199.00
    SKU: PLA-200150

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

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

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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.