New Fused Silica mirror option available on all CDK and RC models 240125Q - PW24-RC Fused Silica - $75,000
Introducing the PlaneWave Instruments PW24-RC, a 24 inch (0.61 m) telescope with Ritchey-Chrétien optics. PlaneWave's CDK astrographs have become the telescopes of choice for universities, industry, and astrophotographers around the world, and now PlaneWave offers the PW-RC series to meet the custom needs of the scientific community.
The PW24-RC in its native format (no field flattening lenses) uses only a primary and secondary mirror with reflective coatings. This can be useful when making observations primarily on-axis and wide field imaging is not a concern.
|Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) Optics
||RC optics made by PlaneWave for excellent on-axis performance using only a hyperbolic primary and secondary mirror with no refractive optics in the light path. (An optional field correcting lens group can be added to improve off-axis performance.)
|Carbon Fiber Truss Design
||Minimizes thermal expansion to prevent focus shift with changes in temperature
|Dovetail expansion joint
||Accommodates the difference in thermal expansion between carbon fiber and aluminum. The expansion joint allows the aluminum dovetail to expand and contract without stressing the carbon fiber lower truss
||Three cooling fan blow out the back of the optical tube, pulling air though the telescope and past the primary mirror. This helps the telescope to reach thermal equilibrium quickly. The fans are controlled by a computer if the optional Electronic Focus Accessory (EFA Kit) is purchased.