Coronado PST Solar Telescope


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    Coronado PST Solar Telescope

    Come into our Sydney store on any sunny day and ask to check out the display model – you’ll be blown away!

    The Personal Solar Telescope (PST) is a Coronado innovation – it won’t cost you thousands of dollars like typical solar scopes, but still provides amazing detail of the ever changing prominences at the edge of the Sun as well as filaments and other surface features. This 40mm diameter highly portable dedicated solar telescope features an internal non-removable and student-safe solar filtering optics with a 1.0 angstrom hydrogen-alpha (Ha) bandpass. This displays the sun in the brilliant and distinctive red colour of hydrogen-alpha light.

    Open up a whole new world of astronomy with the Coronado PST.

    As we are moving towards Solar Maximum, the Sun’s got a lot going on, and the Meade Coronado PST 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 Coronado 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 380mm long and weighs only 1.3kgs., 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 Coronado 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.

    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)


    Optical Design Refractor
    Optical Diameter 40mm
    Focal length 400mm
    Focal ratio f/10
    Eyepiece Plossl 18.0mm
    Magnification with bundled eyepiece 22x
    Resolving power  2.9 arcsec
    Lowest useful magnification 6x
    Highest useful magnification 80x
    Length of optical tube 380mm
    Weight, optical tube 1.3kg
    Finder Built in Sun-Finder
    Bandpass of <1.0 Angstrom for high contrast. Contrast tuning adjustment ring.
    The Coronado PST doesn’t include a tripod. It will attach to any standard photographic tripod. Here’s an example of we have here at BINTEL:
    You can also use dedicated Solar tracking mounts and tripods like the Sky-Watcher Heliofind. This will automatically point towards the Sun and then track.


    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.


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

    SAFETY FIRST: Observing the Sun without the proper protection may result in serious personal injury, including permanent eye damage and blindness, and/or damage to equipment. Never point an optic at the sun without an approved solar filter on the front of the optic. For direct solar viewing, viewing the sun through an optic, or when using cameras with an optical viewfinder, ensure your filter is ISO 12312-2 (also written as ISO 12312-2:2015) certified. Never use photographic neutral density filters for direct solar viewing, viewing the sun through an optic, or when using cameras with an optical viewfinder.

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