PlaneWave Instruments Announces Partnership with Hart Scientific Consulting International

Launching a New Generation of Discovery: PlaneWave Instruments Announces Partnership with Hart Scientific Consulting International PlaneWave Instruments and Hart Scientific Consulting International (HartSCI) have announced their new partnership to offer the world’s first commercially pre-integrated adaptive optics solution. PlaneWave Instruments manufactures world-class telescopes and observatory systems, but advanced applications within astronomical research, laser communications, and […]

posted July 6, 2022

PlaneWave Installs CDK700 for Georgia State University

Georgia State University’s Hard Labor Creek Observatory has upgraded from a 20-inch telescope to a PlaneWave CDK700 that will provide students, professional astronomers, and the public with a world-class observatory system. In March 2022, the PlaneWave installation team set off to bring the CDK700’s revolutionary optical design and innovative direct-drive mount technology to enhance the […]

posted June 13, 2022

The Pursuit of the Perfect Telescope

When PlaneWave’s CEO, Richard Hedrick, was working towards a degree in physics at El Camino College in 1990, he didn’t know attending a talk by El Camino astronomy professor and professional astronomer Perry Hacking would change the course of his life forever.  During his independent study under Dr. Hacking, Richard discovered a passion for astronomy […]

posted May 12, 2022

PlaneWave Installs First High School Observatory in Hawaii

Aloha Astrophotography On the shores of Waipahu, Hawaii, a PlaneWave CDK400 observatory system now rests atop a high school building overlooking Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. As the first telescope installed at a high school in Hawaii, the PlaneWave team was honored to be a part of the school’s historic installation which will […]

posted April 20, 2022

Collaborative Satellite Tracking Project Passes First Test at SSC’s Ground Station

Collaborative Satellite Tracking Project Passes First Test at SSC’s Ground Station PlaneWave, along with Baader Planetarium and Andor, has been collaborating with SSC for the development of their satellite tracking ground station over the past year and a half. This development is part of SSC’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program which aims to contribute to […]

posted March 25, 2022

Installing the PW1000 at Palomar Observatory

Nestled into the mountains of North San Diego County rests Palomar Observatory, an iconic center for astronomical research and home to the newest installation of the extraordinary 1-meter telescope from PlaneWave Instruments.   The Palomar Observatory has stood as a competitive mecca for scientific advancement, instrument development, and student training for nearly 100 years, drawing […]

posted November 1, 2021

New Pricing in Effect October 15, 2021

Over the past several months, the PlaneWave team has significantly debated the decision to increase product pricing. It had been our hope that the material cost trends would stabilize and reverse before we had to take action. Unfortunately, the cost of steel, aluminum, optical substrates, electronic components, and even resins has not rewarded such optimism. […]

posted September 17, 2021

PlaneWave Direct Drive Mounts

To learn more about our direct drive mounts for you application please call us at (310)-639-1662 and speak with one of our professional team members today. Why should you use PlaneWave L-series? Whether your goal is astrophotography, research, or satellite tracking, PlaneWave’s L-series mounts come standard with direct drive motors for superior tracking precision and […]

posted December 22, 2020

Systems that are Solutions

Are you ready to capture APOD quality astro-photographs? We welcome you to join the family of PlaneWave equipment owners, where the focus is on you. PlaneWave offers installation and training services for all of our products, commissioning our systems within 1-2 days onsite, including the 1M-class PW1000. Our experienced technicians are also available to assist […]

posted December 21, 2020

L-series out of this World Tracking Performance

The L-series lineup was born out of the dream to create the most versatile and cost-effective direct drive mount. Whether your goal is capturing beautiful astrophotographs that are out of this world, tracking fast moving satellites, or tracking objects that are not in orbit, the L-series will help you reach those goals all while being […]

posted September 18, 2020