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New Facilities

PlaneWave is evolving and growing. With new buildings, machines, and test equipment being added, we’ve been busily investing in the future.

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New Headquarters – Sky is the Limit

PlaneWave now has the space we needed, and tens of acres for future growth and facilities.

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New Optical Tube Pricing

We are pleased to announce new pricing on CDK12.5 through CDK20 optical tubes.

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New System Pricing

We are pleased to announce new pricing our CDK300 through CDK500 Systems.

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New CDK700 and CDK1000 Pricing

We are pleased to announce new pricing on our CDK700 and CDK1000.

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About PlaneWave Instruments

PlaneWave Instruments is committed to providing observatory-class products for serious astronomers at an unprecedented value. Developed by PlaneWave, the CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) is a revolutionary new telescope optical system that was designed to excel at imaging on large format CCD cameras while remaining an excellent instrument for visual use. Created to meet the demands of both the serious imager and visual observer, the CDK is offered at an unprecedented value for a telescope of this quality and aperture.

PlaneWave manufactures a full line of observatory class systems and the CDK and Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) telescope line from 12.5” to 2 meter apertures. PlaneWave products are utilized by private individuals, universities, research centers, and aerospace and defense companies. As of 2020, PlaneWave has installed over 60 CDK700s (0.7 meter aperture) and 15 PW1000 (1 meter aperture) observatory systems around the world.

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Our History

PlaneWave Instruments is a privately held company headquartered in Adrian, MI that was founded in 2006 by Richard Hedrick and Joseph Haberman. While working as telescope engineers at Celestron in Torrance, California Rick and Joe saw an opportunity to allow astrophotographers and astronomers a sharper view of the Universe. Along with Dave Rowe, Rick and Joe developed and championed the CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) telescope, a revolutionary new optical system that provides pinpoint stars across large fields of view. Over the ensuing years, PlaneWave partnered with a high quality machining firm in 2009 that had a passion in astronomical mount production in Michigan, and PlaneWave’s mount development started. PlaneWave continued pushing the barriers on direct drive mount and optics performance with the release of the CDK700 (0.7-meter) system in 2010 and the CDK1000 (1-meter) system in 2015. PlaneWave’s foundation is built upon pushing the barriers and is designing a CDK2000 (2-meter) system in 2020. To this day, PlaneWave strives to create and innovate the best equipment for astronomy applications as we ourselves are passionate users!

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