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

Using PlaneWave Telescopes, MINERVA Project Seeks Earth-Like Exoplanets

[vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1533748929472{margin-right: 40px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;}”]Above: Shelby and Eric setting up the PW-1000 A groundbreaking astronomy project is searching the heavens for Earth-like exoplanets, which spacefarers of the distant future may one day visit or colonize. The study, called MINERVA, for MINiature Exoplanet Radial Velocity Array, now in its second year, is based at […]

posted February 26, 2018

New PlaneWave Telescopes Upgrade Major Lowell Observatory Project

A new array of three PlaneWave 1.0 meter telescopes is at the heart of a major new Lowell Observatory project, supported by a $3.26 million grant from the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). The Model PW-100 instruments will upgrade the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI), located at the observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. Leading the project, which […]

posted February 26, 2018

Russ Genet: Robotic Telescope Advances Knowledge Of The Sky

Contemporary investigation of the heavens is getting a boost from recent advances in the use of robotic telescope technology, an expert in the field observes. Russ Genet, a pioneer in the field, says the evolution of robotic telescopes has led to “radical new discoveries in astronomy”. Genet, who started out forty years ago, as a […]

posted February 26, 2018

Great Basin Observatory Marks Anniversary Of New Telescope’s “First Light”

The Great Basin Observatory (GBO), located in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park, achieved a milestone this summer, as it marked a full year since the “First Light” ceremony celebrating the Park Service’s 100th anniversary. The telescope, a PlaneWave model CDK-700, has been looking outward into the cosmos, bringing greater reliability and sharper imagery to the […]

posted February 26, 2018

Space Situational Awareness

SSA Seeks To Prevent Orbital Collisions, Malicious Attacks In our highly interconnected, tech-dependent, early-21st century world, little everyday thought is given to the massive conglomeration of hardware circling the Earth, which makes our modern lives possible. Countries with active space programs (and in recent years, commercial entities like Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture) have been sending […]

posted February 26, 2018

CDK20 Used High Altitude LIDAR Atmospheric Sensing

        Ground-based LIDAR for Launch Site and Test Ranges Michigan Aerospace was funded by NOAA to demonstrate long-range wind LIDAR technology for future satellite missions to measure global tropospheric winds. Built around a PlaneWave 20″ telescope, Michigan Aerospace developed the High Altitude LIDAR Atmospheric Sensing (HALAS) System as a ground-based, UV LIDAR […]

posted October 27, 2017

CDK 700 at Thacher School

The Thacher School, a coeducational boarding high school perched at the foot of the Topa Topa Mountains in Ojai, California. Here, students encounter a combination they won’t find anywhere else: demanding academics, tough character-building challenges and a healthy, authentic community culture that supports them every step of the way. It’s how Thacher succeeds in shaping […]

posted December 16, 2016