Wheaton College

PlaneWave Instruments 24-inch CDK

“Real-time digital images from the telescope can be streamed down to an astronomy classroom on the third level for comfortable viewing”.

The observatory crowning Wheaton College’s new science center houses a state-of-the-art PlaneWave Instruments CDK24 telescope, with a 24-inch diameter primary mirror and a Corrected Dall-Kirkham design to maximize image clarity and focus over an exceptionally large field of view. The CDK24 has a carbon fiber, dual truss design, with 11 cooling fans to equilibrate the temperature of its mirrors.

Wheaton College’s first observatory built in 1890


New PlaneWave 24” installed March 2012

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