PlaneWave

About PlaneWave

Made right here in the USA, PlaneWave Instruments is committed to providing the highest quality observatory-class products for astronomers. This monumental company was founded in 2006 by Richard Hedrick and Joseph Haberman, two former telescope engineers at Celestron. It was there that they realized the true potential of the CDK telescope and saw the underserved community who realized this as well. Getting a product like the CDK into the hands of serious imagers and amateur astronomers has been a shared vision of Hedrick and Haberman for many years and brought their breakout designs to life with PlaneWave Instruments. This vision, and taken a step further to get any telescope in the hands of everyone, is what drives OPT and what makes us happy to work with PlaneWave. Their top-notch, observatory-grade astronomy products are all manufactured here in the USA and tested with only the highest standards to ensure greatness.

About PlaneWave

Made right here in the USA, PlaneWave Instruments is committed to providing the highest quality observatory-class products for astronomers. This monumental company was founded in 2006 by Richard Hedrick and Joseph Haberman, two former telescope engineers at Celestron. It was there that they realized the true potential of the CDK telescope and saw the underserved community who realized this as well. Getting a product like the CDK into the hands of serious imagers and amateur astronomers has been a shared vision of Hedrick and Haberman for many years and brought their breakout designs to life with PlaneWave Instruments. This vision, and taken a step further to get any telescope in the hands of everyone, is what drives OPT and what makes us happy to work with PlaneWave. Their top-notch, observatory-grade astronomy products are all manufactured here in the USA and tested with only the highest standards to ensure greatness.

PlaneWave Telescopes

The CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) is a revolutionary new telescope optical system that was designed to excel at imaging on large format CCD cameras while remaining an excellent instrument for visual use. Created to meet the demands of both the serious imager and visual observer, the CDK brings an unprecedented value considering the quality and aperture. One advantage of the CDK design is its ease of collimation and achievable centering tolerance for a telescope of its class. This assures the user will get the best possible performance out of the telescope. The end result is a telescope which is free from off-axis coma, off-axis astigmatism, and curvature of field while still yielding a perfectly flat field all the way out to the edge of the largest CCD sensors available. Today PlaneWave makes a full line of CDK and Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) telescopes of the highest quality on the market.

PlaneWave Mounts

PlaneWave also provides some of the best observatory class mounts in the industry for use with their telescopes. The L-Series direct drive mounts are unmatched in technical precision, guaranteeing perfection in tracking and durability. With both the OTA and mount coming from the same exceptional factory, you can have the mount calibrated and shipped along with your scope for an almost unbelievably perfect setup. Just like their telescopes, every mount is manufactured entirely in the USA.

PlaneWave Accessories

Just as specialized as their OTAs are the myriad of necessary accessories produced by PlaneWave. Adapters, focusers, control devices, and more are available from this top-tier company. Only the finest manufacturing goes into producing their accessories, with every detail being tailored with the same care as their scopes. Because of this attention to detail, assembly and use of these parts are made as easy as possible, eventually culminating into the finest imaging systems available on the market today.