Coronado SolarMax III 70 Solar Scope with BF15

MSRP: $2,999.99 Please see your local authorized reseller for pricing and availability.

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  • Fully integrated 70mm f/5.7 H-alpha telescope - 400mm focal length
  • Includes Coronado's patented RichView tuning system
  • 15mm blocking filter, and Sol Ranger viewfinder
  • Black and silver hard carry case (dimensions: 27.8" x 10.2" x 10.2")
  • <0.7Å bandpass
Item #: 324005

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This Coronado 70mm F/5.7 refractor is equipped with a single stack 60mm external hydrogen - alpha (H-α) filter at <0.7Ã… bandpass and a 15mm blocking filter. What makes the SM3 standout? Read on!

Designed and Manufactured in North America.

The SM3 70mm has a new two-speed rack & pinion focuser. This 2" focuser has both coarse and fine focus controls allowing the user to get a more precise focus, critical for both solar imaging and visual observing.

Additionally, the SM3 70mm includes an external "True" H-α etalon filter giving higher contrast views and sharper features compared with models using smaller internal H-α etalon designs. Experience darker backgrounds, sharper features, and higher contrast with the new SolarMax III series telescope.

The SM3 70mm also includes Coronado's patented RichView tuning allowing direct tuning of the primary etalon filter. The patented RichView tuning technology provides additional tuning range and an overall better way of adjusting the filters bandpass. Now you can tune for the highest contrast views of your favorite solar features without sacrificing image quality.

Whether you are focusing on the solar edge or surface features in the chromosphere, the SolarMax III 70mm is the solar scope for you. Since the etalon filter is now external to the telescope, you can easily remove both the filter and and the rear blocking filter diagonal to use the scope as a normal refractor for night time astronomy. It's like having two scopes in one!

The new Coronado 70mm SolarMax III telescope with enhanced rack & pinion focuser and large external etalon is now the perfect way to view the Sun! The SM3 70mm comes with an included 18mm CEMAX eyepiece, Sol Ranger Solar Finder, Vixen-style dovetail mounting rail, and a black and silver Aluminum hard carry case (dimensions 27.8" x 10.2" x 10.2"). This very high quality 70mm solar telescope features an 400mm focal length, f/5.7 focal ratio, and 15mm blocking filter.

CAUTION: Never look at the Sun, either directly or through a telescope, without a professionally made protective solar filter installed that completely covers the front of the instrument, or permanent eye damage could result.

Warranty:
Limited Warranty against defects in materials or workmanship for five years from date of purchase. This warranty is provided by Meade for the benefit of the original retail purchaser only. For complete warranty details contact Meade at 800-626-3233.
Best for viewing
Solar
User level
Advanced
Optical design
Refractor
Optical diameter
70mm
Focal length
400mm
Focal ratio
f/5.7
Eyepieces
Cemax 18.0mm (1.25")
Magnification with included eyepieces
22x
Resolving power
1.65arc*sec
Limiting stellar magnitude
11.9
Optical quality
Diffraction limited
Finder scope
Sol Ranger
Focuser
2" dual-speed Rack-and-pinion
Diagonal degrees
1.25" 90° Blocking Filter Blocking Filter
Mount type
Optical Tube without Mount
Tube material
Aluminum
Length of optical tube
16.3 in.
Weight, optical tube
7.6 lbs.
T-max tuner
Yes
Additional included accessories
Black and gold hard carry case, BF15 blocking filter
Other features
>0.7 angstrom bandpass, Dual-speed focuser
Warranty
Five year