Coronado SolarMax III 60mm RichView Filter with BF10

MSRP: $1,799.99 Please see your local authorized reseller for pricing and availability.

  • Hydrogen-alpha filter set including the 60mm SolarMax III Etalon with 10mm Blocking filter (BF)
  • Narrow 0.7 Angstrom bandpass and includes Coronado's patented RichView tuning system, coupled with the T-Max Tuner to maximize the contrast and detail of the features being observed
  • External front mounted etalon for use on your high-quality telescope.
  • Includes padded hard case to protect your investment
  • Note: requires third-party adapter to connect etalon to front of your scope.
Item #: 624002

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This Coronado SolarMax III 60mm Solar Filter set with RichView tuning system includes a 60mm diameter primary Hydrogen-alpha etalon filter with sub 0.7 angstrom bandwidth and 10mm Blocking Filter, packed in a hard case to protect your investment.

The 60mm etalon includes Meade's patented RichView tuning which allows direct tuning of the etalon filter. The RichView tuning system adjusts the distance between the parallel glass plates inside the etalon in order to achieve the perfect wavelength bandpass for the feature you are observing, all while maintaining precise optical alignment. This patented technology also allows the etalon to be used at high altitude observing locations. The RichView system simply allows for better control of contrast over your H-a bandpass window. In addition to RichView tuning, the included T-Max Tuner allows you to tune in the brightest image and remove any internal reflections. Combined, the RichView and T-Max together offer unparalleled image tuning to get the best possible view of solar details!

Solar Disk Detail Image

The Sun in hydrogen-alpha light showing some of the different features visible around the solar disk.

The kit also includes a Coronado 10mm right angle Hydrogen-alpha blocking filter (BF), now in the SolarMax III design. This updated design includes a long 2" diameter nosepiece with 1.25" eyepiece holder and t-thread connection. The blocking filter is the second element in any Coronado H-alpha system, and is just as crucial to your safety and the system's performance as the primary SolarMax etalon filter. The blocking filter CANNOT be used without a SolarMax etalon. This is a secondary interference filter for full disc image of the Sun for telescopes up to 1,000mm focal length. It can also be used with 1.25" focusers by purchasing the Coronado 1.25" adapter #624018.

Coronado filters are used around the world by serious solar enthusiasts and professional research facilities alike. When properly and safely mounted on your high-quality refractor or other suitable telescope this filter set allows observation and imaging of the amazing and ever-changing surface detail and prominences on the Sun in hydrogen-alpha light. Not for use on truss-tube telescopes with open sides as unfiltered sunlight may be transmitted through the optical tube. Custom mounting of the etalon to your optical tube will be required. End-users will be required to contract a third party company to machine any necessary adapters (adapters not included).

60mm Etalon Drawing

The dimensions of the 60mm front etalon filter. Use the thread specification for building your custom mounting adapter.

The stunning bright red views through a Coronado Ha telescope display astounding surface and limb detail. Features such as prominence, filaments, plages, and surface granulation are fascinating to observe, and many of these features can change shape over the course of days or even just hours in the case of flares and edge prominences.

Designed and Manufactured in North America.