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RC600 Telescope System f/6.5

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PlaneWave RC600 Telescope System f/6.5

Based on the technology of our PW-1000 (1-meter) Observatory telescope, PlaneWave combines its revolutionary optical systems with its brand new innovative L-Series direct drive mount that sets a new standard for small observatory telescopes.

PlaneWave RC500 Telescope System f/6.8 consits of the RC24 and the L-600 Direct Drive Mount with integrated high resolution encoders and high speed slewing.

The PlaneWave Instruments RC 24 is a 24 inch (0.61 m) f/6.5 Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) Astrograph telescope. 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 RC24 in its native format (no field flattening lenses) uses only a primary and secondary mirror with reflective coatings. This can be useful when making observations primarily on-axis and wide field imaging is not a concern.

PlaneWave RC600 Telescope System f/6.5 with Fused Silica Optics

incl. a RC 24 Astrograph and L-600 Mount

  • RC 24 Astrograph, 24 inch, modified to Ritchey-Chrétien, uses only a primary and secondary mirror with reflective coatings
  • 8" Dovetail, focal length 3.962 mm (f/6.5)
  • Delta T Ready, 3,5" Hedrick Focuser and EFA Kit separately available
  • L-600 can hold up to 300 lbs for CDK24
  • Zero Backlash, Zero Periodic Error
  • Incredible slew speed up to 50 degrees per second
  • With integrated high resolution encoders
  • Through the mount cabling
Fused Silica


Optical Design
Ritchey-Chrétien (RC)
Aperture (mm)
24" (610 mm)
Focal Length
3.962 mm (155.98 inch)
Focal Ratio
Image Field
52 mm
Back Focus Distance
14.1" (358 mm) from Mounting Surface, 5.81" (148 mm) from Racked in Focuser
Central Obstruction
47% of the Primary Mirror Diameter
Fused Silica
Optical Tube Weight
240 lbs (108.9 kg)
Alt-Az or Equatorial configuration
Payload Capacity (kg)
300 lbs (136 kg)
Mount Weight
338 lbs (153 kg)
Latitude Range
0 to 90 degrees, Northern and Southern hemisphere
Slew Speeds
20 degrees per second (standard); 50 degrees per second (maximum), both axes
Tracking accuracy
< .3 arcsecond error over 5 minute period
Pointing Precision
2 arcsecond
All-sky pointing accuracy
<10 arcsecond RMS with PointXP Model
System Natural Frequency
10 Hz or greater
Control system electronics
PlaneWave Interface dual axis telescope control
PlaneWave Interface (PWI4). Incorporates PointXP mount modeling software by Dave Rowe All ASCOM compatible
Homing Sensors
Home position sensors are included allowing the mount can find its home position on power up
Motor Torque
Approximately 20 ft-lbs continuous; 50 ft-lbs peak
Azimuth and Altitude: Direct Drive 3 Phase Axial-Flux Torque Motors
Motor Control
Industrial grade brushless motor control system and built in electronics
152mm disk built into the azimuth and altitude axes with stainless steel encoder on the circumference with reader yields 18,880,000 counts per revolution of the telescope. This translates to about 0.069 arcsecond resolution
Power Requirements
Accepts 120 VAC. Supplied with 12VDC 15A Regulated Power Adapter
Control system electronics
PlaneWave Interface dual axis telescope control