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PlaneWave telescope system in Baader-Planetarium AllSky-Dome, view through dome to starry sky

New location, favorable prices

PlaneWave Instruments is focused on vertical integration – from the very beginning.

Design, optical production, fabrication, assembly, and quality control are all performed in-house by their expert team. PlaneWave even designs and builds their own robotic optics machines. PlaneWave's approach and innovation allows them to create superior products and value for their customers.

Over the last few years there was just one little issue: PlaneWave had outgrown their facilities in California and in Michigan. It was time to reoptimize.

  • New Location: 2020 marks the first full year on PlaneWave’s new 57-acre campus in Adrian, Michigan. PlaneWave has joined their MI and CA operations reducing overhead gaining a larger campus, and providing countless opportunities to expand.
  • New Facilities: PlaneWave is evolving and growing. With new buildings, machines, and test equipment being added, they’ve been busily investing in the future for the last 12 months. The future is now!
  • New Pricing: The increased capacity, reduced overhead, and manufacturing innovations allowed PlaneWave to take a fresh look at pricing.

Baader Planetarium as PlaneWave's official EU-distributor thus made a brandnew calculation of all PlaneWave prices. Here you can find the latest EU Price List.

Below we list the most significant price decreases:

Product Old Price (16% VAT) New Price (16% VAT) Savings
CDK12.5 € 12.769,74 € 10.478,99 € 2.290,75
CDK14 € 19.642,01 € 15.547,90 € 4.094,11
CDK17 € 29.487,40 € 23.833,62 € 5.653,78
CDK20 € 40.063,87 € 36.018,49 € 4.045,38
CDK300 (CDK12.5 & L-350) € 25.247,06 € 22.420,17 € 2.826,89
CDK350 (CDK14 & L-350) € 31.680,67 € 27.489,08 € 4.191,59
CDK400 (CDK17 & L-500) € 51.566,38 € 45.717,64 € 5.848,74
CDK500 (CDK20 & L-500) € 61.314,28 € 57.415,13 € 3.899,15

Please note that these prices look "crooked" due to the temporary 19% to 16% VAT change (currently limited until December 31st, 2020) from the german government due to COVID-19. Our prices are calculated to look "clean" with 19% VAT – which will take affect approximitaly again on January 1st, 2021.[br]

PlaneWave Instruments

Founded in 2006, PlaneWave Instruments is committed to providing observatory-class products for serious astronomers at an unprecedented value. Developed by PlaneWave, the CDK (Corrected Dall-Kirkham) is a revolutionary telescope, its optical system was designed to excel at imaging on large format CCD cameras while remaining an excellent instrument for visual use.

Created to meet the demands of both the serious imager and visual observer, the CDK is offered at an unprecedented price/performance ratio for a telescope of this quality and aperture. One advantage of the CDK design is its ease of collimation and achievable centering tolerance for a telescope of this class.

This assures that the user will get the best possible performance out of the telescope. The end result is a telescope which is free from off-axis coma, off-axis astigmatism, and curvature of field, yielding a perfectly flat field all the way out to the edge of the largest CCD sensors available today. Today PlaneWave makes a full line of CDK and Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) telescopes as well as imaging and observatory class mounts to provide complete imaging systems for both individuals and industry.

Read more about the Optical Design of CDK-telescopes: 
CDK – Optical Design