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Coronado - SolarMax II 60 Telescope with BF15 Blocking Filter with RichView Tuning


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Coronado - SolarMax II 60mm H-Alpha Solar Telescope w/ BF15 Blocking Filter & RichView Tuning


Meade-LX80 Multi-Mount with Coronado 60mm H-a SMT60-10

  • SolarMax 60 H-alpha Dedicated Solar system delivers superb contrast and detailed resolution at <0.7 Å @ 656nm      
  • RichView tuning for higher contrast views of active regions, flares, filaments and other surface features
  • BF-15 (15mm) Blocking Filter in a 1.25" Diagonal w/ Cemax 25mm Plossl Eyepiece included
  • SolarMax 60 H-Alpha internal primary etalon solar filter used alone for <0.7 Å bandpass
  • Sol Ranger Finderscope ensures a safe, rapid and accurate alignment process with the Sun
  • 400mm Focal length, f/6.6 focal ratio - ideal for solar viewing and imaging
  • The stunning bright red views of our Sun's surface and limb through a Coronado H-alpha telescope will astound you!


Built to exacting standards, the Coronado Solar Max II 60mm series of Dedicated Solar telescopes not only provides the user with a telescope with excellent portability but the ideal 60mm aperture greatly increases the resolution of detail on the surface and on the limb (the outermost edge of the disc). The SolarMax II 60 features the RichView tuning method which allows very precise direct adjustment of the primary etalon filter by a lever (shown right) in the side of the scope body which mechanically tilts the filter's bandpass of the H-alpha line, normally centered at 656.28 nm. This adjustment allows for higher contrast views of Doppler-shifted solar activity, such as moving flares. 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 H-apha. The new RichView tuning system allows the user to fine-tune the filter to adjust for these fast moving Doppler shifted events. Additionally, you can tune for the highest contrast views of active regions, filaments, and other surface detail, or the system can be quickly and easily re-tuned for prominences on the solar limb.

The RichView mechanical tuning section sits between a two-piece Solar Filter set (left) and the objective lens.  *The two-pieces of the solar filter set  MUST be used together to prevent serious and potentially irreparable damage to the observers eyes!  At the heart of the SolarMax II viewing system is a primary 60mm tunable etalon filter with a <0.7 Angstrom passband centered on the 656.28nm H-Alpha line.  The companion component is a 15mm Blocking (Interference) Filter in a right angle star diagonal that produces a 4.6mm image.  The BF-15 Blocking Filter is thermally stable (it bleeds off excess heat) so there is no drifting off the H-Alpha line as the filter heats up during use. The 15mm clear aperture of the blocking filter portion of this H-alpha system is designed to provide full disk single eyepiece views of the Sun for visual and imaging use. 

A Coronado Cemax (Contrast Enhanced) 25mm 1.25” eyepiece is standard equipment, providing a magnification of 16x and a 3.25° field. Cemax eyepieces use an anti-reflection multicoating formula on every surface and have been optimized for the highest possible contrast during solar viewing of subtle prominence and surface detail.  20mm of eye relief and a 52° AFOV complete this eyepiece specifically designed for H-Alpha solar viewing.




We live in the extended atmosphere of a magnetic variable star that drives our solar system and sustains life on Earth.

SOLAR MAXIMUM:  Forecasters say Solar Max is due in the year 2013.  When it arrives, the peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle will bring more solar flares, more coronal mass ejections, more geomagnetic storms and more auroras than we have experienced in quite some time.  In mid July, 2012  a coronal mass ejection or "CME" crashed into Earth's magnetic field and triggered the most sustained display of auroras in years.  For more than 36 hours, magnetic storms circled Earth's poles.  The source of the CME was giant sunspot AR1520, a seething nest of tangled magnetism more than 15 times wider than Earth itself.  On July 12th, the sunspot's magnetic field erupted, producing an X-class solar flare and hurling a billion tons of electrified plasma toward our planet. 




Additional Information

Name Coronado - SolarMax II 60 Telescope with BF15 Blocking Filter with RichView Tuning
Manufacturer Coronado
Model SMT60-15
UPC 709942996227
Manufacturer Part No SMT60-15
Telescope Aperture 3" and Under
Aperture 60mm
Bandwidth <0.7Å
Barlow Lens opt
Eyepieces 1
Eyepiece 1 Cemax 25mm
Eyepiece 1 Magnification 16x
Eye Relief
Finderscope SolRanger sun finder
Focal Length 400mm
Focal Ratio f/6.6
Focuser Helical
Highest Useful Magnification 120x
Length 16.75"
Optical Design dedicated solar refractor
Star Diagonal 1.25" w/ 15mm blocking filter
Warranty 1 yr