PlaneWave - 14" CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Telescope - Fused Silica

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The CDK14 is an innovative solution for unsurpassed astroimaging quality at an affordable price. The CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) Optical Design is an innovative solution for unsurpassed astro-imaging quality at an affordable price. The CDK telescope design provides excellent imaging with large format CCD cameras while remaining superb for visual use. The CDK design far exceeds the off-axis performance of most commercial telescope designs including the Ritchey-Chrétien design.


SKU: PLA-140101Q
Manufactured by:
PlaneWave Instruments
 

Product Description

PlaneWave 14" CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Telescope - Fused Silica

The CDK14 is an innovative solution for unsurpassed astroimaging quality at an affordable price. The CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) Optical Design is an innovative solution for unsurpassed astro-imaging quality at an affordable price. The CDK telescope design provides excellent imaging with large format CCD cameras while remaining superb for visual use. The CDK design far exceeds the off-axis performance of most commercial telescope designs including the Ritchey-Chrétien design.

This no-compromise design is unique in making the optical alignment forgiving and collimation very easy. This guarantees the user the best possible performance from the telescope. The end result at the image plane of the CDK design is no off-axis coma, no off-axis astigmatism, perfectly flat field (no off-axis defocus). The CDK design will give you pinpoint stars from the center to the corner of the field of view.

Features:

Carbon Fiber Truss Design

Open truss tube design with carbon fiber frame minimizes thermal expansion which causes focus shift with changes in temperature. Carbon fiber truss design also promotes quick thermal cooling and provides a rigid, lightweight structure.

3D Printed Baffles

Planewave uses digital 3D printing technology to produce lightweight baffle tubes. 3D printers add successive layers of material to construct a baffle system with precision positioned internal stray light baffles to minimize vignetting and maximize image contrast.

Dovetail Expansion Joint

Allows for the difference in thermal expansion between carbon fiber and aluminium. The expansion joint allows the aluminum dovetail to expand and contract without stressing the carbon fiber lower truss.

Delta-T Ready

For added dew prevention, the CDK14 is internally wired with polyimide film heater pads and temperature sensor, ready to be controlled with the optional Delta-T controller.

Specifications

Name PlaneWave - 14" CDK Corrected Dall-Kirkham Carbon Fiber Telescope - Fused Silica
Manufacturer PlaneWave Instruments
Model PLA-140101Q
Aperture 14 inch (356mm)
Focal Length 2563mm (101 inch)
Focal Ratio F/7.2
Optical Design Corrected Dall-Kirkham (CDK)
Optical Tube Length 35 inch (889 mm)
Optical Tube Weight 48 lbs (22 kg)
Power Supply Provides power for the fans (Not included for European Orders)
Primary Mirror Fused Silica

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