PlaneWave CDK600 (24-inch) Telescope System


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  • Full system weight: 480 lbs.
  • Max load capacity: 300 lbs.
  • Focal length: 3974 mm (156 inches)
  • Focal ratio: f/6.5
  • Aperture: 610 mm (24 inches)
  • Image circle: 70 mm
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PlaneWave CDK600 (24-inch) Telescope System

Designed and manufactured in the U.S.A  

A History of Excellence

Built from the world-renowned foundation of the PW-1000 1 meter telescope, PlaneWave has now combined that revolutionary optical system with the innovative and revered L-Series Direct Drive mount, creating a higher standard in observatory setups.

The PlaneWave 24-Inch (0.61-meter) Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph Telescope has a dual truss design with 3 cooling fans for the back of the primary mirror and 4 fans for the front surface of the primary mirror. Coming in with an impressive focal ratio of f/6.5, the CDK 24 covers a 70 mm field of view without any field curvature, off-axis coma, or astigmatism. The instrument weight is 240 lbs (109 kg) and comes standard with a backplate retaining ring ready to accept the focuser of your choice.

PlaneWave 24 Inch Observatory CDK

L-Series Mount Features:

  • Direct-drive motors on each axis for smooth, fast, and virtually silent movement of the telescope
  • Slew speeds up to 50 degrees per second
  • High-resolution encoders on each axis for precise positioning
  • Zero backlash
  • Zero periodic error
  • PointXP mount modeling software
  • Enclosed electronics

The L-Series mount combines versatility, simplicity, and affordability by combining all the technology of our Observatory class telescopes into a compact stand-alone mount. In its Alt/Az configuration, it is considerably more compact than its German equatorial counterpart, allowing a larger telescope to fit in a smaller enclosure.  Unlike German Equatorial mounts, there are no meridian flips to deal with, and no large protruding counterweights to create a dangerous hazard in a public observatory. Alt/Az is more intuitive to use and no polar alignment is needed. Besides, it is the way the pros do it!

PlaneWave CDK600 Main Features:

Direct drive motors and encoders Direct Drive motors and on-axis encoders eliminate the need for gears, thereby eliminating backlash and periodic error. With high-resolution encoders providing the feedback for the direct drive motors, not only will the telescope track without periodic error and backlash, but the mount will also counter wind gusts with precise servo feedback.  
Incredible Slew Speed The direct-drive motors can move the telescope at speeds up to 50 degrees per second for tracking satellites or just to minimize target acquisition time.  
Dual mounting bracket PlaneWave style mounting bracket to hold CDK17/20 onto inside of fork arm with the additional option of mounting a scope on the outside of the fork arm. Optional dovetail clamp required.  
Azimuth dovetail balance system For precise center of gravity balance whether in Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration  
Through the mount cabling Access panels in the fork arm and azimuth axis allow for camera equipment cabling through the inside of the mount.  
Proven CDK700/PW1000 Technology The L-Series uses the same proven technology as the CDK700 and 1-Meter PW1000 which are being used in Universities around the world.  


Aperture610 mm (24")
Back Focus358mm
Camera/Eyepiece ConnectionPlaneWave Blot Pattern
Corrected Image Circle85mm
Database42000 Objects
Dawes Limit0.19 arcseconds
Drive TypeFlux Torque Motors
Encoder Resolution0.069 arcsecond resolution
Focal Length3962 mm
Focal Ratiof/6.5
Glass TypeFused Silica
Head DesignAltitude Azimuth
Highest Magnification1220x
Instrument Capacity300 lbs
Latitude Range0 to 90 Degrees
Light Gathering Power7594x
Limiting Magnitude17.7
Optical DesignCorrected Dall Kirkham
Pointing Accuracy10 Arcseconds
Mount Head Weight338lbs
RMS Spot Size6 microns
Secondary Obstruction286.7mm
Slew Speed50
Telescope ConnectionNot Included
Tracking Accuracy0.3 Arcseconds
Tube Diameter889mm
Tube Length1422mm
Tube Weight240 lb
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Mike F.
CDK 24" wtih L-600 Mount

This is a great telescope and the service was great! We ordered ours in February, 2018 and received it in September, 2018. Our order included installation, which I strong recommend!! I have been taking test images with this system since late September and have been more than happy with the results. For the price, this is hard to beat!! The L-600 mount is great with the direct drive system. NO GEARS, NO BACKLASH!! We are imaging with the SBIG STX-16803 camera with filter wheel and AOX.