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Coronado SOLARMAX III DS 70MM W/ BF15 & CASE (324006)

by Meade
SKU 324006
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Original price $4,809.99 - Original price $4,809.99
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$4,809.99 - $4,809.99
Current price $4,809.99

This Coronado 70mm F/5.7 refractor is equipped with a double stacked set of 60mm external hydrogen-alpha (H-α) filters and features a <0.5Ã… bandpass with a 15mm blocking filter included. What makes the SM3 standout? Read on!


It has a new two-speed 2" rack & pinion focuser with both coarse and fine focus controls allowing the user to get a more precise focus, critical for both solar imaging and visual observing. Additionally, the SM3 70mm includes external "True" H-α etalon filters giving higher contrast views and sharper features compared with models using smaller internal H-α etalon designs. Experience darker backgrounds, sharper features, and higher contrast.

The SM3 70mm also includes Coronado's patented RichView tuning allowing direct tuning of the primary etalon filter. The patented RichView tuning technology provides additional tuning range and an overall better way of adjusting the filters bandpass. Now you can tune for the highest contrast views of your favorite solar features without sacrificing image quality.

This Double Stacked model (<0.5Ã… bandpass) include two "True" external etalon filters. One etalon filter equipped with our patented RichView tuner and second etalon with tip-tilt tuning using Coronado's T-Max tuner. Whether you are focusing on the solar edge or surface features in the chromosphere, this is the solar scope for you. Since both etalon filters are now external to the telescope, you can easily remove both filters and rear blocking filter diagonal to use the scope as a normal refractor for night time astronomy. It's like having two scopes in one!

This very high quality 70mm solar telescope features an 400mm focal length, f/5.7 focal ratio, 15mm blocking filter, and 60mm external Hydrogen-alpha Etalon double-stack with T-max Tuner. Includes mounting rings, Cemax 18mm eyepiece, Sol Ranger solar finder and black & gold aluminum hard carry case.

Warranty note: 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.

Quick Overview

  • Fully Integrated 70mm f/5.7 H-alpha telescope
  • 400mm focal length
  • Includes Coronado's patented RichView tuning system
  • Sol ranger vewfinder
  • 15mm blocking filter and double-stack for <0.5Å bandpass
  • Black and gold hard carry case (dimensions: 26.5" x 8.66" x 8.66")


Best for viewing Solar
User level Advanced
Optical design Refractor
Optical diameter 70mm
Focal length 400mm
Focal ratio f/5.7
Eyepieces Cemax 18.0mm (1.25")
Magnification with included eyepieces 22x
Resolving power 1.65*sec
Lowest useful magnification 10x
Highest useful magnification 140x
Highest useful magnification 140x
Limiting solar magnitude 11.9
Optical quality Diffraction limited
Finder scope Sol ranger
Focuser 2" dual-speed Rack-and-pinion
Diagonal degrees 1.25" 90° Blocking Filter Blocking Filter
Mount type Optical Tube without Mount
Tube material Aluminum
Length of optical tube 16.3 in.
Weight of optical tube 7.6 lbs.
T-max tuner Yes
Additional included accessories
  • Black and gold hard carry case
  • Vixen style dovetail bar
  • BF15 blocking filter
Other features
  • Double-stacked etalons for 0.5 angstrom bandpass
  • Dual-speed focuser
Warranty Five year

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