Posted: June 11, 2020

Richard Hedrick is the President, CEO and co-founder of PlaneWave Instruments with 25 years of experience in the field. Richard’s idea of having an off-the-shelf product line of high performing telescopes and gimbals has led to the growth of PlaneWave from 2 employees in 2006 to 65 employees in 2021 and from a product line starting off with one optical telescope to a full product line of telescopes and gimbals ranging from $10,000 to $750,000.

Richard Hedrick has a BS in Physics from UCLA. He worked for the Particle Physics Laboratory at UCLA where he helped build a 20MeV particle accelerator. He also received an AS in Physics from El Camino Junior College where he co-founded a telescope making class which is still running today and where many of the key people at PlaneWave originally met. After UCLA, Richard was hired at Celestron International, a telescope manufacturer, as the Staff Astronomer and Technical Support Manager. He rose to be the CTO and Senior Vice President and was responsible for product development and co-owner of the company. Richard is married to Julie Hedrick and has a family of four children. He is an avid tennis player and guitarist.