The CDK is an innovative solution for unsurpassed astro-imaging quality and far exceeds the off-axis performance of most commercial telescope designs. It has no off-axis coma, no off-axis astigmatism, and a perfectly flat field 52 mm image circle, that will ensure perfectly round stars with sensors larger than 35 mm film (24x36 mm). This no-compromise design also is unique in making the optical alignment very forgiving and collimation super easy, by only adjusting the secondary mirror.
Pre-wired for Mirror Cooling & Dew Control
PlaneWave Telescopes are internally wired with cooling fans, heater pads, and a temperature sensor. The fans will quickly equilibrate the optics and are controlled via the optional Electronic Focus Accessory (EFA Kit). The optional Delta-T controller connects with the temperatures sensor and heater pads to make sure that the mirrors never reach the dew point throughout the night.
Each mirror in a CDK is machine figured and hand-finished from Fused Silica, a synthetic amorphous glass that has a thermal expansion coefficient six times lower than Pyrex. It’s the primary choice for telescopes used in world-class observatories because of is consistent optical performance and unchanging shape when temperatures change.
Carbon Fiber Tube
Carbon fiber minimizes thermal expansion which causes an OTA's focus point to shift as the temperature changes. The closed tube protects the primary and secondary mirrors while also minimizing dew build up.
2.75-inch Hedrick Focuser
This heavy-duty no-slip focuser. The focus tube runs on 5 bearings and is driven by a lead-screw so there is no chance of slipping. It accepts an optional dial indicator and can be upgraded with PlaneWave's Electronics Focus Accessory (EFA Kit). The focus draw tube travel is 1.3-inches.
Dovetail Expansion Joints
These joints allow for the difference in thermal expansion between the carbon ﬁber tube and the aluminum dovetail. The expansion joint allows the aluminum dovetail to expand and contract without stressing telescope.
What to order with the CDK12.5
All PlaneWave Telescopes are handled and shipped with the utmost care. When you order a telescope from PlaneWave, they make a custom shipping crate for the optical tube assembly. Because of this, it’s very important to consider getting the right accessories for this telescope at the time of purchase. Getting your accessories with the scope has a couple of other benefits than just the crating; one, it will help you save on additional shipping costs and two, all the accessories will be installed onto the telescope at the factory, making it usable right out of the crate.
Piggyback Dovetail Bar
This dovetail Bar is mounted to the top of the optical tube and allow t additional accessories like a secondary telescope, counterweights, or power regulator to be mounted.
The Delta-T Controller automatically maintains mirror temperature setpoint as outside temperature changes by connecting and monitoring them with the temperatures sensor and controlling heater pads.
The EFA Kit automates focusing on the 2.7-inch Hedrick focuser that comes standard with every PlaneWave Telescope. It monitors temperature (on optional Delta-T Dew Heater) and controls fans built-in to CDK telescopes.