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Coronado PST - Personal Solar Telescope 1A Bandwidth

Item # HN-MEAD208

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Brand
Coronado
Suggested Age
12 Years & Up
Telescope Accessories Series
PST Personal Solar Telescope
User Level
For the Enthusiast, For the Expert
Warranty
5 Year

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  • Easy to transport with 40mm objective lens
  • Internal solar filtering optics are student safe
  • 1.0 angstrom hydrogen-alpha (Ha) bandpass
  • 400mm focal length, f/10 focal ratio, CEMAX 20mm eyepiece
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Coronado PST - Personal Solar Telescope 1A Bandwidth
 
4.5

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Great optics (8)
  • Good padding (4)
  • Widely compatible adapter (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (9)
    • Bright conditions (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (8), Avid adventurer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    PST Arrived: I'm addicted!

    I just got a brand new Personal Solar Telescope a few days ago and I have to say that I love this thing! I can easily see numerous prominences and the orange peel effect is...Read complete review

    I just got a brand new Personal Solar Telescope a few days ago and I have to say that I love this thing! I can easily see numerous prominences and the orange peel effect is ridiculously obvious thru my eyepiece. Prominences appear very bright as well! The prominences I'm seeing show a level of fine detail that surpassed my best expectations from doing my research. They seem to be even more detailed than I've seen in pictures. They appear as though they have been pulled from fine cotton. Each shows unique structure that is fascinating. Friends and family have all been amazed by what they have seen as well. I enjoy getting the oohs and aahs.

    I found that my Orion Epic ED2 7.5mm eyepiece provides me with the best views so far. I can get the whole disk into view and I am zoomed in enough that I can see fine detail wherever I look. The included 20mm Kellner eyepiece shows the solar disk a bit too small to show the best detail in my opinion.

    I'm also seeing more and more surface detail each day as I'm learning how to see in H-alpha. I already built a homemade sunshield out of some black foam board, superglue and velcro. I also added an eyepiece shield I saw here. Both of these add-ons boosted contrast of the image and made observing more comfortable. It's great how dynamic and changing the sun is! I've literally observed changes occur over the course of a few minutes for prominences.

    On one session on 14 April, I counted 12 prominences erupting from the sun's surface into space along 50% of the limb. These 12 projections I observed were just on one half of the sun! Another much larger eruption and a few other small ones could be seen projecting from the other 50% as well. I've been bitten by the red light solar bug badly! This has been money well spent.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Definitely interesting...

    Seeing some of the other reviews and pictures from the PST, I have to admit that I believed the hype. And while you CAN see quite a few interesting items with it (Granulation, ...Read complete review

    Seeing some of the other reviews and pictures from the PST, I have to admit that I believed the hype. And while you CAN see quite a few interesting items with it (Granulation, prominences from the solar limb), it's nowhere NEAR what I was expecting. Is that mostly my fault for not doing better due-diligence? You bet. But at the same time, I think there might be a small bit of fault with Coronado for raising my expectations.

    If you get this, don't expect ANYTHING like the pictures you see out there. And get ready to hear a lot of, "Ummm, all I see is a red disc" and "Oh yeah, I can kind of see the hair things coming off of it. That's kind of cool I guess" (And that's after you use your own eyepiece. The one they provide is fairly useless).

    I might be more happy that I got this once the solar period picks up, but until then it's staying in a box for the most part unless somebody new wants to see it.

    3 main points:

    1) Use a tripod. I just used an old one that I had for a camera, it will take any of them. But you 100% will NOT be able to use it being handheld.
    2) The sun finder that's built into it is REALLY handy. When I first saw that, I thought to myself - "Wow, if you can't find the SUN with a telescope, maybe astronomy isn't the thing for you". But after fumbling around for awhile, I realized that due to the fairly narrow FOV, it makes it a LOT easier.
    3) While the PST is a lot cheaper than the other alternatives, it's still fairly expensive for what you get.

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    5.0

    Very cool

    By David

    from SUTTON,MA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Great Optics
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bright Conditions

      Comments about Coronado PST - Personal Solar Telescope 1A Bandwidth:

      The sun is truly more than meets the eye. Until now.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      works as advertised

      By John

      from upstate NY

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Optics
      • Widely Compatible Adapter

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about Coronado PST - Personal Solar Telescope 1A Bandwidth:

        the scope works well. great detial from the solar flares and the surface. As with any scope it pays to have a few extra quality eye pieces. i am using a 10mm eye piece from another scope i own and am getting good detail and clarity with it. My only complaint with this scope is the plastic/nylon compression screw for the eye piece holder. i am not a big fan of plastic on anything i own.

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pleasantly Surprised!!!

        By AstroNerd

        from AZ

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Padding
        • Great Optics
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Coronado PST - Personal Solar Telescope 1A Bandwidth:

            I am a newcomer to backyard astronomy, and I bought this scope in lieu of a very expensive, I-can't-believe-they-make-them-that-big H alpha filter for my 8inch SCT. Based on the fact that the beautiful Hubble images we know and love really look like wisps of smoke and smears through an eyepiece, I wasn't expecting anything too spectacular...but what a surprise I got...The image was fantastic! (note: fantastic through an eyepiece, it still takes decent imaging skills/equipment and processing to get images like you see online) I am an amateur-not even completely acquainted with my SCT-but I took the PST straight out of the box, set it up in the driveway on a broken tripod, made the proper adjustments, and wow! Granulation, sun spots, prominences galore! My husband's friends ditched the garage to take a look, and I couldn't get them away from it!

            It is great to see this quality of optics, in a such a well-built unit, for a decent price. It's lightweight and easily portable, though I piggyback it on my SCT for the tracking.

            One little hitch I came across: I am getting started in astrophotography, so I had done quite a bit of research about the best way to attach a camera to the PST because it doesn't have the usual visual back that I have the adapters for. I finally decided on a little creativity and a trip to the hardware store, and I built myself a T-adapter adapter for about $4...not too difficult. Although, just holding a webcam up to the eyepiece produced surprisingly decent results...hmmm.

            Overall, fantastic! I definitely recommend this product, especially for the price!

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            5.0

            Great scope, FAST shipping

            By scopefreak

            from Mayslick KY

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Great Optics
            • Strong Construction
            • Widely Compatible Adapter

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Coronado PST - Personal Solar Telescope 1A Bandwidth:

              Just as advertised. I bought this scope for the Venus transit on June 5th. I have viewed the sun through it just about every day and it shows remarkable detail on the surface and along the limb of the chromoshere. A wonderfull addition to my stable of scopes.

              Service and delivery comments:

              Greatist deal going. Got my order next day with no additional shipping costs. You just cant beat that anywhere!!!!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Nice sun viewer

              By DuddleyD

              from Olympia, WA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Padding
              • Great Optics
              • Solid
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Astronomy
                • Bright Conditions
                • Nice traveler scope
                • Travel

                Comments about Coronado PST - Personal Solar Telescope 1A Bandwidth:

                works great in conjunction with my other solar filter for viewing sunspots

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                Customer Q & A

                1 Question About This Product
                Q: "with the Coronado PST-Ba. will I be able to use my Orion eyepices with it? and will I be able to see the solor Flairs around the suns edges? and whats the shipping with the solor shield you sell to mesa, AZ 85205"
                A: Dear William, You can use your Orion Eyepeices or pretty much any eyepieces with you Coronado PST-Ba. Yes, absolutely, you will be able to solar flairs. Our website has a shipping calculator on every product page so visitors do not have to add product to the cart in order to learn the shipping costs. The shipping calculator is just above the "Add to Cart" button where it says "Estimate Shipping". Just enter in your zip and the most update to date shipping costs will be available for you. Thank you for writing.
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