University of Louisville
Posted: February 1, 2013
CDK700 in Queensland, Australia
The CDK700 is a 27-inch, state-of-the-art, corrected Dall Kirkham telescope. On a Nasmyth mounting with precision encoders, it can point anywhere in the sky within a few seconds, to a precision of a few seconds of arc. The telescope has two focal positions. One is for imaging and photometry with a 4096×4096 (16 megapixel) CCD camera and filters, and the other is for spectroscopy with an echelle spectrograph.
The telescope was designed and manufactured by Planewave Instruments, and installed with his help at Mt. Kent observatory in August 2013. It is currently being commissioned for routine automated and remote operation for teaching and research.
Twin CDK20” in Kentucky and Queensland
The Planewave Instruments 20-inch (0.5-meter) f/6.8 corrected Dall-Kirkham telescope at Moore Observatory in Kentucky and its identical companion at Mt. Kent Observatory in Queensland, Australia, are a unique optical design that provides a wide, extremely well-corrected, field ideal for CCD imaging and photometry. Both telescopes are on computer-controlled German equatorial mountings.