PlaneWave Instruments CDK600

A PlaneWave Instruments CDK600 was installed for Brigham Young University. The company has shared a video instillation where they install a PlaneWave Instruments CDK600 observatory telescope package on an equatorial wedge. The CDK600 package from PlaneWave includes a CDK24 telescope and L-600 direct drive mount. This system is great for research, astrophotography, and visual observing.

PlaneWave Instruments CDK600The CDK24 (0.61 m) f/6.5 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. The CDK24 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 back plate retaining ring ready to accept the focuser of your choice. All CDK24 telescopes come with Fused Silica primary and secondary mirrors.

The L-Series mount combines versatility, simplicity and affordability by combining all the technology of Planewave’s 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.

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