Amateur astronomers can learn much about distant stars by studying our own source of light. Obviously, specialized equipment is necessary to observe the sun properly, including solar telescopes. These special-purpose telescopes isolate specific wavelengths of light that correspond with specific quantum events in the solar atmosphere. Coronado specializes in the most common of these, the hydrogen-alpha wavelength..
Hydrogen-Alpha filters only allow one specific wavelength of light, 656.3nm, to reach a viewer’s eyes. This wavelength, which appears as a deep red color, is the wavelength emitted by hydrogen atoms. Since the sun is made up of mostly hydrogen atoms, this allows the viewer to visualize the sun quite well, blocking all but 0.001% of incoming light.
Meade Coronado Products
Produced by Meade Instruments Corporation, Coronado brand hydrogen-alpha solar filters and telescopes provide an excellent viewing experience for solar observers. In fact, the name Coronado is now practically synonymous with quality hydrogen-alpha solar telescopes and filters. Of their current models, Meade Coronado telescopes on the market today include:
- Coronado PST: Coronado’s groundbreaking model, the Coronado Personal Solar Telescope, or Coronado PST, introduced thousands to solar observation, launching the model to its current place as the most popular telescope in the world. Today, the Coronado Personal Solar Telescope is still the most cost-effective way to observe the sun available.
- Coronado SolarMax: Coronado manufactures larger hydrogen-alpha solar telescopes on top of their personal models. Most notable among these is the SolarMax series. These specialized telescopes allow the viewer to see even more surface details on the sun than the personal model. On top of the improved viewing ability, the Coronado SolarMax telescopes come with a patented filter tuning system to allow for more accurate and easy filter tuning.
At Skies Unlimited, we offer Meade Coronado products, including the Coronado PST and SolarMax telescopes. We also offer the expertise and knowledge you need to get the most out of these incredible solar viewing products.
Coronado and Skies Unlimited
Since 2004, we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing quality expertise and products to amateur astronomers, making astronomy more accessible to all. If you have a question about any of our products, including the Coronado line from Meade, speak with one of our team members on the phone or at our location in Pottstown, Pa., to get the information you need.
Whether you’re just starting out or have years of experience in astronomy, Skies Unlimited can help you accomplish more with advice backed by years of personal and professional experience in the astronomy field. Call us today or visit us to speak with a staff member and order your own Coronado solar filter or telescope.