The PlaneWave RC700, a 0.7 meter Alt/Az telescope system with Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) optics. PlaneWave have combined Ritchey-Chrétien optics with PlaneWave's direct-drive alt/az mount technology to set a new standard for research-class observatory telescopes. With direct drive motors on each axis, a small central obstruction (< 30 %), and optional GPS/PTP encoder synchronization and carbon fiber hard-shroud, the RC700 is an ideal platform for laser communication and satellite laser ranging.
The PW700-RC in its native format (no field flattening lenses) uses only mirror with reflective coatings. This can be useful when making observations primarily on-axis and wide field imaging is not a concern.
With high-resolution encoders providing the feedback for the direct drive motors, not only will the telescope track without periodic error or have any backlash at all, but the mount will be able to counter against wind gusts. The direct drive motors can move the telescope at incredible speeds for tracking satellites or just to minimize target acquisition time.
Benefits Nasmyth Focus: The Nasmyth Focus is along the altitude axis, so there are virtually no balancing issue as you change out equipment. Eyepieces remain at a constant wheelchair-accessible height, greatly simplifying access to the telescope for public observatories. The rotating tertiary mirror allows you to switch from one Nasmyth port to the other in just seconds, allowing observers to easily transition between imaging and visual use.
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