RC700 (0.7m Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope System)

RC700 (0.7m Ritchey-Chrétien Telescope System)

PlaneWave Instruments brings a fully automated observatory class telescope to the market with the PW700-RC, a 0.7 meter Alt/Az telescope system with Ritchey-Chrétien (RC) optics. We have combined Ritchey-Chrétien optics with PlaneWave's direct-drive alt/az mount technology to set a new standard for research-class observatory telescopes. 


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Optical Design Ritchey-Chrétien
Aperture 700 mm (27.56 inch)
Focal Length 4540 mm
Focal ratio 6.5
Central Obstruction 47% of the Primary Mirror Diameter
Back Focus 309 mm (12.2 inch) from Mounting Surface
Weight 1,200 lbs
Optical Tube Dual truss structure with Nasmyth focus
Dimensions 93.73" H x 43.25" W x 39" D
Focus Position Nasmyth Focus




Fork Assembly Single piece U shaped fork arm assembly for maximum stiffness
Azimuth Bearing 20 inch diameter thrust bearing
Altitude Bearing 2 x 8.5 inch OD ball bearings
Optical Tube Dual truss structure with Nasmyth focus



Motor Control Industrial grade Parker brushless motor control system and built in electronics
Azimuth Motor Direct Drive 3 Phase Axial-Flux Torque Motor
Altitude Motor Direct Drive 3 Phase Axial-Flux Torque Motor
Encoder - Azimuth and Altitude 10 inch disk built into the azimuth and altitude axes with stainless steel encoder tape on the circumference with reader yields 16 million counts per revolution of the telescope. This translates to about 0.08 arcsecond resolution.
Motor Torque Approximately 35 ft-lbs
Drive Electronics Capable of controlling up to 4 high speed encoders, limit switch inputs, homing switch inputs, controls two additional motors for accessories, two brake outputs and 16 digital and 2 analog inputs
Telescope Control Software Incorporates PointXP mount modeling software by Dave Rowe All ASCOM compatible.



Pointing Accuracy 10 arcsecond RMS with PointXP Model
Pointing Precision 2 arcsecond
Tracking Accuracy 1 arcsecond error or better over 3 minute period
System Natural Frequency 10 Hz or greater
Field De-Rotator Accuracy 3 microns of peak to peak error at 35mm off-axis over 1 hour of tracking (18 arc sec)



Radius of Curvature 4115mm
Optical Diameter 700 mm (27.56 inch)
Outer Diameter 714.38 mm (28.125 inch)
Core Diameter 203mm (8 inch)
Material Fused Silica
Edge Thickness 2.25 inch
Cell 18 point



Radius of curvature 2961 mm
Thickness 25 mm
Optical Diameter 312.4mm (12.3 inch)
Outer Diameter 317.5mm (12.5 inch)
Material Fused Silica
Cell 3 point RTV



Optical Major Diameter 152.4 mm
Thickness 25 mm
Material Fused Silica

  • Diameter (mm) 700
  • F/rasio f/6,5
  • Panjang Fokus (mm) 4540