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  • PlaneWave astrografo CDK12.5 f/8 con ottiche in silicio fuso PlaneWave astrografo CDK12.5 f/8 con ottiche in silicio fuso

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PlaneWave CDK17 astrograph f/6.8 with fused silica optics

Product code: 1323217Q

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Quick Overview

The PlaneWave Instruments CDK17 is a 17 inch (432mm) f/6.8 Corrected Dall-Kirkham Astrograph telescope. The CDK17 has a dual carbon-fiber truss design, with 3 cooling fans ejecting air from the back of the telescope, and 4 fans blowing across the boundary layer of the mirror's surface. The CDK17 covers a 70 mm field of view without any field curvature, off-axis coma, or astigmatism. The instrument weight is 94 lbs (43 kg) and comes standard with a back plate retaining ring ready to accept the focuser of your choice.

For optional accessories (0,66x reducer, Hedrick focuser, EFA electronic focuser) and telescope availability and delivery time, please contact us.

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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.

PlaneWave CDK17 astrograph f/6.8 with fused silica optics

PlaneWave CDK17 astrograph f/6.8 with fused silica optics: main features

Carbon Fiber Truss Design: open truss tube design with carbon fiber frame minimizes thermal expansion which causes focus shift with changes in temperature. Carbon fiber truss design also promotes quick thermal cooling and provides a rigid, lightweight structure.

3D Printed Baffles: PlaneWave uses digital 3D printing technology to produce lightweight baffle tubes. 3D printers add successive layers of material to construct a baffle system with precision positioned internal stray light baffles to minimize vignetting and maximize image contrast.

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 fans blow out of the optical tube pulling air though the telescope and by the primary mirror. This helps the telescope to reach thermal equilibrium quickly. The fans are controlled by a switch on the optical tube or can be controlled by a computer if the optional Electronic Focus Accessory (EFA Kit) is purchased.

PlaneWave CDK17 astrograph f/6.8 with fused silica optics

Technical specifications

Optical Design Modified Dall-Kirkham
Optics Primario ellittico, secondario sferico, con correttore
Diameter (mm) 432mm
Tube diameter N/A
Focal Length (mm) 2939mm
Focal Ratio 6.8
Field flattener/corrector Included and not removable
Optical Tube Carbonio
Obstruction 48.6%
Focuser Opzionale
Eyepiece holder No
Weight 48 kg
Hard/soft case No

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