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Meade announces an incredible breakthrough in solar observing with the introduction of the revolutionary RichView™ tuning method, built into every new Coronado SolarMax II. Now you can zero in on the most precise wavelength of light for each area on either side of the hydrogen-alpha (Ha) band for the highest contrast views of active regions, flares, filaments and other surface features - or quickly retune for spectacular images of prominences on the solar limb. No other commercially available Ha telescope provides the tuning range and accuracy of the SolarMax II.

The patented RichView™ tuning method works by directly tuning the etalon, the heart of the Coronado Ha filter system, which gives you greater tuning range and detail than that found on other solar telescopes.

Solar activity has increased dramatically over the last year. Don't miss out on what experts say could be the best solar maximum in many years.

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Solar Telescopes

Coronado Solarmax II Telescopes
Used by serious solar enthusiasts and professional research facilities alike for observation of surface detail and prominences on the Sun in hydrogen-alpha (Ha) light. Powerful but very portable, the SolarMax II series offers dedicated visual observation of the Sun as well as high quality imaging.

Personal Solar Telescope (PST)
This 'little' telescope is another step toward our goal of making it possible for everyone to, "Experience the Sun our way." Sub angstrom H-alpha systems have long been cost prohibitive for the amateur. Designs other than the Coronado are difficult to use because of temperature and F-Ratio requirements.

SolarMax H-Alpha Filters

All SolarMax II series filters are sold in sets. The front mounted SolarMax II and rear blocking filter. Some events on the Sun,- notably active flares and coronal mass ejections (CME), are extremely fast moving. If such features occur on the disc of the Sun, their high velocity towards the observer results in their wavelength being Doppler shifted shorter than Ha. The new RichView tuning system allows the user to fine-tune the filter to adjust for these fast moving Doppler shifted events.

Double Stacking Filters

If you think the view through a SolarMax II filter is amazing, you won't believe the incredible contrast and detailed resolution you can have with a Double Stacked SolarMax II filter system. By combining two SolarMax II filters, fine-tuned individulally with the RichView tuning system, the bandpass is reduced from 0.7 Angstroms to 0.5 Angstroms. The effect of the narrower bandpass is greatly increased contrast on the surface of the Sun which brings out fantastic details in active regions, filaments, flares and other surface phenomenon. Double Stacking is the choice of the most demanding and advanced solar observers. The PST, SolarMax 40, 60 and 90 telescopes and all SolarMax II filters can be Double Stacked to achieve the ultimate in solar viewing.