Coronado Personal Solar Telescope

MSRP: $849.99 Please see your local authorized reseller for pricing and availability.

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  • Specialized "H-alpha" solar telescope safely reveals dramatic prominences, flares, filaments, granularity, plages, and other solar phenomena
  • The Meade/Coronado PST is the most affordable hydrogen-alpha solar telescope on the market
  • Internal etalon filter transmits only hydrogen-alpha light (656.3nm), with a bandpass of <1.0 Angstrom for great solar views
  • Internal blocking filters reject all unwanted and harmful radiation, for completely safe viewing
  • Weighs only 3 lbs., so requires only a small telescope mount or sturdy camera tripod for support
Item #: PST

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The Sun's got a lot going on, and the Meade Coronado Personal Solar Telescope will show it to you. By zeroing in on the far end of the Sun's visible light spectrum - the hydrogen-alpha line at 656.3nm to be exact - the PST reveals a star rolling with violent, ever-changing activity. Best of all, the PST's innovative design allows H-alpha solar viewing for a breakthrough price.

With the PST you will witness eruptions in the solar atmosphere called flares and the dramatic streamers known as prominences that shoot out from the Sun's edge. You'll also see a solar disk mottled with granularity and dark, snaking filaments. Active regions containing migrating sunspots and bright, irregularly shaped plages add to the incredible detail.This compact 40mm f/10 refractor houses a special filter called an etalon, which transmits only the primary wavelength of light emitted by hydrogen (656.3nm) in the solar chromosphere, where all the action occurs. A bandpass of less than 1.0 Angstrom allows the viewing of surface features and activity that get washed out with wider-bandpass filters.

The telescope is just 15" long and weighs only 3 lbs., so it needs only a small telescope mount or a sturdy camera tripod for support. A 1/4" -20 mounting socket under the scope's rear housing provides the attachment point.

The PST will show you how dynamic our nearest star really is, with some surface phenomena changing over several minutes time! Get a Meade Coronado Personal Solar telescope today and get in on the action!

Features a 40mm diameter dedicated Ha optical system with 30mm internal etalon primary blocking filter and incorporated focuser and bandpass fine adjustment controls and built in solar viewfinder. 400mm focal length, f/10 focal ratio, and includes an 18mm Plössl eyepiece. Tripod not included.

The gold CEMAX eyepieces can also be purchased separately. A focusing knob keeps the image sharp and a tuning collar allows the contrast to be adjusted on selected surface details. A clever Sun-finder window near the eyepiece provides a safe way to aim the telescope.

Mounting options include use on a standard photo tripod (scope is threaded for a standard camera 1/4-20 mounting bolt), Infinity AZS, or the Meade DSM mount with computerized Autostar and GOTO technology. A custom hard case is available separately.

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.
Warning:

Please note this product was not designed or intended by the manufacturer for use by a child 12 years of age or younger.

Best for viewing
Solar
User level
Intermediate
Optical design
Refractor
Optical diameter
40mm
Focal length
400mm
Focal ratio
f/10.0
Glass material
Crown/Flint
Eyepieces
Plossl 18.0mm (1.25")
Magnification with included eyepieces
22x
Resolving power
2.90arc*sec
Lowest useful magnification
6x
Highest useful magnification
80x
Highest theoretical magnification
80x
Limiting stellar magnitude
10.7
Optical quality
Diffraction limited
Finder scope
None
Focuser
Internal
Mount type
Optical Tube without Mount
Latitude range
9-72
Tube material
Aluminum
Length of optical tube
15.0 in.
Weight, optical tube
3.0 lbs.
Weight, mount/tripod
3.0 lbs.
Weight, fully assembled
3.0 lbs.
T-max tuner
No
Additional included accessories
Built in Sun-Finder to help center the sun
Other features
Bandpass of <1.0 Angstrom for high contrast views, Weights only 3-lbs, and attaches to photo tripods, Contrast tuning adjustment ring
Warranty
Five year
Instruction Manual: