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PlaneWave Instruments 20 inch CDK Optical Tube Assembly

Price: $32,500.00

  • Manufacturer: PlaneWave Instruments
  • MPN: 200101
  • SKU: 200101
  • Availability: Custom Order - Call for Lead Times & Availability

New Fused Silica mirror option available on all  CDK and RC models!


The PlaneWave Instruments CDK20 is a 20 inch (0.51 m) f/6.8 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph telescope. The CDK20 has a dual carbon-fiber truss design, with 3 cooling fans ejecting air from the back of the telescope. The CDK20 covers a 52 mm field of view without any field curvature, off-axis coma, or astigmatism. The instrument weight is 140 lbs (64 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 CCD 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.



Aperture 20 inch (508 mm)
Focal Length 3454 mm (135.98 inch)
Focal ratio F/6.8
Central Obstruction 39% of the Primary Mirror Diameter
Back Focus from Racked in Focuser 5.8 inch (147 mm)
Weight 140 lbs (63.5 kg)
OTA Length 47 inch (1,194 mm)
Upper Cage Carbon Fiber Truss
Lower Cage Carbon Fiber Truss with Carbon Fiber Light Shroud



Diameter 20.5 inch (521 mm)
Aperture 20 inch (508 mm)
Focal ratio f/3
Mounting Laser Collimated and Permanently Fixed
Material Precision Annealed Pyrex
Shape Prolate Ellipsoid
Coating Broadband AR Coatings (less than .5% reflected from 400 to 700nm)



Diameter 7.5 inch (191mm)
Material Precision Annealed Borosilicate
Shape Spherical
Coating Broadband AR Coatings (less than .5% reflected from 400 to 700nm)



Diameter 90 mm (3.54 inch)
Number of lenses 2
Coating Broadband AR Coatings (less than .5% reflected from 400 to 700nm)



Carbon Fiber Truss Design Minimizes thermal expansion which causes focus shift with changes in temperature
Dovetail expansion joint 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 Three cooling fan blow out of the optical tube pulling air though the telescope and pass the primary mirror. This helps the telescope to reach thermal equilibrium quickly. The fans are conrolled by a computer if the optional Electronic Focus Accessory (EFA Kit) is purchased.

SHIPPING:  Crated Shipping Weight 291 lbs   (132.0 kg); Crate Width 32 inch   (813 mm); Crate Height 36 inch   (914 mm); Crate Length 59 inch   (1,499 mm)

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES Ronchi Spacer (200354): This spacer sits in place of a focuser and is used for setting the primary to secondary spacing. It has an 1-1/4 inner diameter and may be used with 1-1/4 oculars for collimation; Ronchi Ocular: This ocular is a Ronchi screen used for setting the primary to secondary spacing.Primary Mirror Cover.  The Primary Mirror Cover protects the primary mirror;  Printed Instructions for Collimation and Spacing; 12VDC Power Supply (18778): Provides power for the fans (Not included for European Orders); Wrench Set (5812A35):  English Hex Wrenches (European Orders Only)


200101Q CDK20 ( +$4500.00 )

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