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CDK24 Optical Tube Assembly

SKU# 24101Q

Price: $55,000.00

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The CDK24 is an innovative telescope for unsurpassed astroimaging, research, or satellite tracking.

  • f/6.5 and 3974mm focal length.
  • No coma, no off-axis astigmatism, and no field curvature.
  • Pinpoint stars across a 70mm image circle.
  • Rock solid fused silica mirrors with low thermal expansion.
  • Carbon fiber optical tube assembly for rigidity and fast cooling.
  • Simple secondary mirror collimation thanks to the fixed primary mirror.

Description

Delta-T Ready – Now the CDK24 comes standard with built-in dew heaters for both primary and secondary mirror. A $550 value!

Introducing the PlaneWave Instruments CDK24, a 24 inch (0.61 m) f/6.5 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph telescope. The CDK24 has a dual truss design, with 3 cooling fans for the back of the primary mirror and 4 fans for the front surface of the primary mirror. The CDK24 covers a 70 mm field of view without any field curvature, off-axis coma, or astigmatism. The instrument weight is 240 lbs (109 kg) and comes standard with a back plate retaining ring ready to accept the focuser of your choice.

The CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) Optical Design is an innovative solution for unsurpassed astroimaging quality at an affordable price. The CDK telescope design provides excellent imaging with large format cameras while remaining superb for visual use. The CDK design far exceeds the off-axis performance of most commercial telescope designs including the Ritchey-Chrétien design.

This no-compromise design is unique in making the optical alignment forgiving and collimation very easy. This guarantees the user the best possible performance from the telescope. The end result at the image plane of the CDK design is no off-axis coma, no off-axis astigmatism, perfectly flat field (no off-axis defocus). The CDK design will give you pinpoint stars from the center to the corner of the field of view. Checkout more about our technology and optical design here.

CDK24 Features

Fused Silica Optics

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Fused Silica has a coefficient of thermal expansion six times lower than Borosilicate (Pyrex) glass, which means that as it cools down, fused silica preserves its shape to a high degree of accuracy. This translates into consistent optical performance and unchanging focus over temperature changes.

Delta-T Ready

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For added dew prevention, the CDK24 is internally wired with polyimide film heater pads and temperature sensor, ready to be controlled with the optional Delta-T controller.

Carbon Fiber Truss Design

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Minimizes thermal expansion which causes focus shift with changes in temperature

Dovetail expansion joint

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Allows for the difference in thermal expansion between carbon fiber and aluminum. The expansion joint allows the aluminum dovetail expand and contract without stressing the carbon fiber lower truss

Cooling Fans

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Three cooling fans ejecting air from the back of the telescope and four fans blowing across the boundary layer of the mirror surface. This helps the telescope to reach thermal equilibrium quickly. The fans are controlled by a computer if the optional Electronic Focus Accessory (EFA Kit) is purchased.

Specifications

Specifications

Optical System

Aperture 24 inch (610 mm)
Focal Length 3974 mm (156.46 inch)
Focal ratio F/6.5
Central Obstruction 47% of the Primary Mirror Diameter
Back Focus from Mounting Surface 14.1 inch (358 mm)
Back Focus from Racked in Focuser 5.81 inch (148 mm)
Weight 240 lbs (108.9 kg)
OTA Length 56 inch (1,422 mm)
Upper Cage Carbon Fiber Truss
Lower Cage Carbon Fiber Truss with Aluminum Light Shroud
OTA Width 31 inch (787 mm)
OTA Height 35 inch (889 mm)
Optimal Field of View 70 mm (58 arcminute)

Secondary Mirror

Diameter 11 inch (280 mm)
Material Fused Silica
Shape Spherical
Coating Enhanced Aluminum – 96%

Primary Mirror

Optical Diameter 24 inch (610 mm)
Outer Diameter 24.5 inch (622 mm)
Shape Prolate Ellipsoid
Material Fused Silica
Coating Enhanced Aluminum – 96%

Lens Group

Diameter 135 mm (5.31 inch)
Number of lenses 2
Coating Broadband AR Coatings (less than .5% reflected from 400 to 700nm)

Shipping

Crated Shipping Weight 500 lbs   (226.8 kg)
Crate Width 40 inch   (1,016 mm)
Crate Height 48 inch   (1,219 mm)
Crate Length 78 inch   (1,981 mm)

Includes Accessories

CDK24 Focus Spacer (240343) This 5.3″ long spacer may be installed between the backplate and the focuser to take up some of the CDK24’s extra backfocus and reduce the torque placed on the focuser mechanism. This spacer is sized such that the backfocus distance behind the focuser will match that of the CDK20.
Primary Mirror Cover The Primary Mirror Cover protects the primary mirror.
Planewave thumb drive Includes instructions for Collimation and Spacing and software.
12VDC Power Supply Provides power for the fans (Not included for European Orders)
Wrench Set (5812A35) English Hex Wrenches (European Orders Only)

For warranty information please check our Standard Warranty Page

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