PlaneWave’s Vertical Integration Allows Price Reduction on Select Products

PlaneWave Instruments is focused on vertical integration. We have been from the beginning. Our increased capacity, reduced overhead, and manufacturing innovations allowed us to take a fresh look at pricing. Design, optical production, fabrication, assembly, and quality control are all performed in-house by our expert team. PlaneWave even designs and builds our own robotic optics […]

posted July 13, 2020

Miratlas and PlaneWave Instruments announce partnership to streamline robotic telescope operation

GREOUX LES BAINS, FRANCE, JUNE 23RD, 2020 – Miratlas SAS and PlaneWave Instruments Inc. announce today their commercial collaboration joining efforts to facilitate site survey, robotic telescope systems, and optical ground station operations. PlaneWave Instruments expertise in both optical and mechanical design since 2006 allowed them to develop over the years a complete range of […]

posted June 23, 2020

Australian National University awards PlaneWave Instruments a contract to build an optical ground station with their RC700

ADRIAN, MI, JUNE 9TH, 2020 — PlaneWave Instruments will supply, deliver, install, provide support, and maintain a 700mm Ritchey-Chrétien Optical Ground Station (OGS) telescope at The Australian National University (ANU) . The OGS telescope shall be capable of tracking satellites in LEO, GEO and Deep Space with low tracking error for the purpose of Free-Space […]

posted June 12, 2020

Installation of new telescope expected to be largest at a Canadian university

York University is now home to a new one-metre custom telescope that will enhance hands-on learning experiences and undergraduate research opportunities for the York community and beyond. Installed at the Allan I. Carswell Observatory on Aug. 16, the telescope is expected to be the largest situated on a university campus in Canada. A crane worked to hoist […]

posted November 20, 2019

Wellesley College

Sitting 13 miles west of Boston under suburban skies (and a mere 32m above sea level!) is Wellesley College, the world’s preeminent college for women. Since 1870, Wellesley has given women the education and skills to make a difference in the world. With a student body of about 2,400, Wellesley can provide specialized instruction and plenty […]

posted July 9, 2019

Nissan Selects Planewave as Part of Joint ‘GAIA’ Promo with ESA

The Nissan Motor Company, builders of the new Navara Dark Sky concept truck, has chosen Planewave as the telescope to be used in the groundbreaking Gaia program, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA). The vehicle, a pick-up-and-trailer combination, carries the Planewave telescope to remote areas far from the light pollution of major cities, […]

posted November 29, 2018

CDK700 joins the Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen (GROWTH) program in India.

In the summer of 2018, PlaneWave installed their CDK700 at the Hanle observatory site near Leh, India.  This remote village houses the Indian Astronomical Observatory (IAO). At almost 15,000 ft (4,500 meters) above sea level, the IAO is one of the world’s highest, and affords some of the clearest views of the skies. Here the […]

posted September 21, 2018

Rollout of the L-350

Yes, ladies and gentlemen—it’s that time of year again. It’s “rollout” time! PlaneWave’s newest offering—the L-350 Mount—is finally here. Production ran a little longer than expected, but then again it’s a high technology mount at a fairly appreciable price. We wanted to make sure they were “all systems go” before a single unit shipped Realistically, […]

posted September 11, 2018

Noted Astronomy Educator Joins Annual RTSRE Conference In Hawaii

The second annual Conference on Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education (RTSRE), held on Hawaii’s East Coast between July 23 and 25, brought a great gathering of astronomers, educators, students, and allied professionals to the storied Big Island, for a leaning experience showcasing the latest advances in this growing field.  Among the notable scholars in attendance […]

posted August 16, 2018

CDK700 dedicated in city of Rancho Mirage Ca

        On March 25th, 2018 the city of Rancho Mirage in California dedicated its new CDK700 observatory. The city plans on using the telescope for stargazing events as well as planned programming including a speakers series and guest presentations. Images captured by the telescope will be shared online and put on display […]

posted March 26, 2018