Forbes 30 under 30

Forbes 30 Under 30

The founder of Vaonis in the 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs list of Forbes magazine


Forbes 30 under 30


Cyril Dupuy, who imagined Stellina and ceated the company Vaonis in 2016, was selected in March 2019 by the French edition of Forbes magazine to appear in its annual list of « 30 Under 30 ».

The Forbes France “30 Under 30” list rewards 30 young people under 30, entrepreneurs, athletes, creators, engineers who have emerged or are emerging in their field. A jury of experts – composed of Dominique Busso, CEO of Forbes France, Frédéric Jousset, founder of Webhelp, Taïg Khris, founder of OnOff, Chantal Baudron, head of a management consulting firm, and Stéphanie Hospital, founder of the OneRagtime investment fund – has scrupulously studied the various applications according to specific evaluation criteria. Each assigned one score per candidate, and the total score then selected our 30 winners for the 2019 edition of the “30 Under 30“. This is how the CEO of Vaonis was selected within the French laureates.

In the paper version of the magazine, we can read the portrait of the founder and the start-up:

« Vaonis is a start-up that wants the world to observe the stars simply, to take a little height on our world and to be aware of the present and future issues. Stellina is a first step: it is a hybrid between a telescope and a camera that lets anyone, child or adult, to discover the universe around us. Designed by a team of French astronomy and new technology enthusiasts, Stellina is the world’s first all-in-one smart telescope to photograph stars.

Catchline: The universe at your fingertips »



The Stellina telescope in Bloomberg

Bloomberg, one of the largest business and finance media in the United-States, published an article about Stellina after its exlusive pre-launch at MoMA Design Store in May:


A Smart Telescope That Puts the Universe in the Palm of Your Hand


Stellina telescope in Bloomberg

The Stellina is the best way for beginners to familiarize themselves with the friendly skies.

The Stellina is the best way for beginners to familiarize themselves with the friendly skies.

Most telescopes are more pleasing to look through than to look at, but the sleek, $2,999 Stellina from French startup Vaonis revolutionizes on both fronts. Not only does it resemble a prop from 2001, it also comes without the traditional eyepiece. Here, the goal is less searching, more finding: Select, say, the Andromeda Galaxy from one of 150 preloaded options on the app, and the motorized telescope—less than 20 inches tall and powered by a battery good for about 10 hours—focuses itself on the star system and sends a close-up view to your phone or tablet.


The Bottom Line

The lack of an eyepiece will rankle traditionalists, but the Stellina is built on the premise that even if you don’t know the difference between an azimuth and a zenith, images of heavenly bodies should be easy to see, capture, and share from your phone. There’s even—gasp!—a filter that strips away light pollution so that both urban and suburban backyards can get clear views of the next lunar eclipse.


Read the original article on here.


The Stellina telescope in Le Parisien newspaper

On May 16, 2018, Le Parisien, one of the main French newspaper, shared an article about Stellina telescope and its exlusive pre-launch at the MoMA Design Store in New York. The article was published on their website in their High-Tech column and in their print version:


Stellina, the telescope made in Montpellier featured in New York


Stellina on a balcony in town

“Stellina Telescope is one of the stars of the MoMA Design Week in New York.”

Stellina is designed in France by French start-up Vaonis, based in Montpellier, where it is also assembled in. It is presented at NYCxDesign Week in New York.

Stellina is having an exceptional week, the telescope is being presented at the MoMA Design Store, New York’s mythical Museum of Modern Art. The futurist telescope designed by Vaonis is one of the stars of NYCxDesign.”This presence at the MoMA Design Store should open doors in the American market, one of our target countries. But it is not the only path to bring astronomy into the digital era for the general public” explains Cyril Dupuy, Vaonis’ CEO.


With Stellina, constellations appear on the screen of a tablet or laptop that can guide the telescope’s movements using an application.


1.7 million euros fundraising

Thanks to Stellina, stargazing is becoming a friendly experience, a moment of shared wonders with a device whose design is a sensational one. 100% French product, Stellina will be launched in September, after this exclusive New York appearance.

This telescope was designed in France thanks to the support brought by the Montpellier Business Incubator. It is assembled at APF34, a company employing exclusively workers with disabilities, helping them to integrate in the labor market. Most of the parts are produced in France” adds Cyril Dupuy, a wise entrepreneur that has been passionate with the stars since he was a child and recently raised €1.7 million last December to develop his company.


Read the original article on here. telescope

Stellina telescope featured in, major website in space exploration, innovation and astronomy news, featured an article about Stellina telescope in their Tech category on March 30, 2018.

This Smart Telescope for Newbies Looks Like a Sci-Fi Space Robot

Stellina app-connected telescope

Observe the cosmos and take photos of deep-space objects with Stellina, a new app-enabled smart telescope.

NEW YORK — The makers of a new fully automated, motorized, app-enabled telescope say the smart device makes stargazing and astrophotography easier than ever and takes the hassle out of setting up and operating a telescope, so that you can just kick back and enjoy the view.

So, naturally, here at, we couldn’t wait to check it out and see if it lived up to the claims. We had a chance to see the smart telescope, called Stellina, here at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), where the telescope will go on sale on May 10. Designed and built by the French company Vaonis, Stellina looks nothing like any telescope we’ve seen before.

The sleek, compact and rectangular body is about the size of a backpack and could easily pass for some kind of sci-fi space robot. There’s no eyepiece on it; instead of peering directly into the telescope, the user conducts astronomical observations from the screen of a smartphone or tablet. Cyril Dupuy, CEO of Vaonis, gave us a demo of this futuristic stargazing machine.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about Stellina is that it requires almost no setup. With other auto-guided telescopes, calibrating and aligning the equipment can be a long and tedious process. The Dobsonian telescopes I used in my college astronomy class took about 45 minutes to get up and running. Stellina is smart enough to calibrate itself, so all you have to do is attach the tripod, turn it on and load the app — and you’re ready to go! Just use the mobile app to select a target in the sky, and Stellina will automatically locate it and display the object on your screen. 

Another feature that stands out is Stellina’s catalog and search function. While other telescopes will have you scrolling through long lists of objects on a tiny display, you can search Stellina’s catalog by typing in the name of whatever object you’re trying to find. Stellina’s catalog also includes gorgeous images for each entry. This makes for a much more pleasant user experience — but it could also eat up your mobile data if you aren’t connected to a Wi-Fi network.

During the demo, Dupuy selected a beautiful spiral galaxy, and with the touch of a finger, the telescope automatically steered its lens toward that galaxy’s location in the sky. 

Stellina can capture images and videos of deep-space objects like galaxies, nebulas and star clusters, but it’s also a great tool for looking at the moon, watching eclipses, and even tracking comets and asteroids in our solar system. 

It provides a simple way to do astrophotography, but professional astrophotographers should note that this telescope has an altitude-azimuth mount, which isn’t ideal for long-exposure shots. For serious astrophotography, equatorial mounts are “virtually mandatory,” as they are better at compensating for Earth’s rotation, according to Sky & Telescope. However, Stellina does have a built-in field derotator that allows the camera to capture exposures of up to 5 minutes.

Another downside is that the telescope depends on wireless networks and GPS, so it’s probably not ideal for stargazing adventures in rural areas where your phone can’t get a signal. 

On the bright side, the telescope has a built-in light-pollution filter, which is helpful for skywatchers in light-polluted areas like cities and suburbs. You can also add a solar filter to observe sunspots and solar eclipses. 

While this telescope is perfect for beginners, it also comes with a hefty price tag of $2,999. You can find out more about the telescope’s specs and preorder it at It goes on sale May 10 exclusively at the MoMA Design Store (both online and at the store’s SoHo and Midtown locations in New York City). 

Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect that Stellina is no longer available at the discounted price of $2,499 from It has also been updated to clarify that Stellina’s camera can capture up to 5-minute-long exposures. 


Read the original article on here.

Telescope Stellina in BBC Focus

BBC Focus magazine Cool Gadgets List

Science Focus, the online website of BBC Focus magazine, edited its new Cool gadgets list for February 2018. Stellina telescope appears amongst a selection of 17 gagdets and sits next to the biggest tech brands. The readers can also find the Apple Homepod, Leica Q Snow camera, Sony Xperia Ear Duo or Honor View10 smartphone in the selection.

The cool gadgets list – February 2018

Whatever resolve you might have had through January has probably ebbed away by now. It means that now your will power has been thoroughly exhausted. Let us tempt you with some of the best gadgets and gizmos this month.

Stellina smart telescope

Telescopes tend to be big, bulky and for the most part, telescopy. (It’s something you learn sitting next to our friends at Sky at Night Magazine when it’s time for them to do telescope reviews). We’re pretty excited to see the Stellina smart telescope, which resembles something that landed from space more than something to look into it.

Rather than peer through a lens, Stellina uses a smartphone app to help you track and look at the stars. It is smart enough to tell you exactly what you are staring at. If that happens to be a hazy orange sky over the city, worry not, as it uses a special light pollution filter to cut through the atmosphere. Weighing a tidy 7kg, it’s portable enough to lug around you if you want to take it on a hike as well.

Read the original article on Science Focus here.

Telescope Stellina in the Gadgeteer

Stellina featured on The Gadgeteer

The Gadgeteer, tech news and reviews website, featured an article about Stellina smart telescope on February 28, 2018:

The universe is at your fingertips with the smart, app-connected Stellina telescope

The Stellina doesn’t look like a typical telescope. Instead of a long tube, Stellina is a 19? x 15? x 4.7?, 15lb block that opens into an ED doublet refractor with an 80mm aperture, f/5 focal ratio, and 400mm focal length sitting atop an alt-azimuth mount. Its 6.4MP Sony CMOS image sensor has 3096 x 2080 pixels and a 1° x 0.7° field of view.

The integrated computer can automatically find your target of interest, and the Stellina uses the included derotator to automatically follow the target as the stars rotate for long-exposure astrophotography. It uses a micro-USB 5V 2A AC power supply or by an optional mobile power charger. You can expect up to 10 hours of use with a 20,000mAh external powerbank. An app on your smartphone or tablet controls the telescope. Vaonis says: “Stellina opens up new ways to collaborate with the scientific community through crowd-sourced science. Exoplanet transits, asteroid occultations, variable star or supernova monitoring: contribute to the research by sharing your data with research scientists. Be more than an observer, be an explorer!”

Because of the compact size and light weight, the Stellina and its included tripod are easily thrown in a backpack to take along on hikes and camping trips. Its IP53 water-resistance rating means you can safely transport and used it in less-than-ideal conditions.

Vaonis is taking pre-orders now at a $500 discount. Pre-order now for $2499, and you can expect delivery in the third quarter of 2018. Learn much more about the Vaonis Stellina telescope and place your pre-order at the Vaonis website.

Read the original article on The Gadgeteer here.

CNN Tech

Stellina featured in CNN Tech

Stellina telescope was featured on CNN Tech amongst 17 cool gadgets that tease the future. The article was published on January 16, 2018, after Vaonis smart telescope caught the attention of CES special CNN reporters Heather Kelly and Kaya Yurieff. In this selection, Stellina telescope sits next to the biggest tech brands. Indeed, the readers will be able to discover the Samsung’s Wall TV that made sensation during CES 2018, LG Display rollable TV prototype or Aibo, a companion robot dog designed by Sony.

17 cool gadgets that tease the future
We’re only a few weeks into the new year, and companies are already teasing their latest and greatest technologies for 2018.

From smart telescopes and surveillance for dogs to an electric roadster, here are some of the neatest gadgets that attracted attention at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

High tech telescope

Stellina is a larger portable telescope that works with a smartphone and tablet app.

Instead of searching the night sky yourself, you can select which planet or constellation you’d like to view from the app. The telescope will automatically find it and send images back to your device.

The telescope includes light-pollution filtering to help city-dwellers see more stars. The 15-pound device can run for 10 hours with an external battery.

The telescope will be available starting in March in Europe. Cost: $2,500.

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Original article available on CNN here.

Stellina telescope on Digital Trends

Digital Trends article & interview

During CES 2018, Stellina telescope caught the attention of Digital Trends, major media website featuring the latest technology news around the world. CES special reporter Jake Rossman interviewed Cyril Dupuy, founder of Vaonis, who gave a presentation of the award-winning smart telescope. The interview appears in an article published on January 11 on the media’s website :

Stellina smart telescope from Vaonis lets you take pictures of the universe

“The goal of this project is to make astronomy more accessible to everyone,” said Vaonis CEO Cyril Dupus. “We can easily take wonderful pictures with drones, and with GoPro, but nothing exists to take pictures of the universe. So we have created it.”

He’s talking about the newest addition to the telescope family — Stellina. While traditional telescopes can be difficult to use and install, Stellina offers up a simple, more user-friendly way to gaze into the heavens.

With app connectivity, this new-age telescope makes collecting gorgeous images of the stars easier than ever before. All you have to do is set up its tripod, press the power button, and choose from hundreds of suggestions directly from your smartphone. It only takes a few seconds for Stellina to position itself, take a picture, and send the image directly to your phone or computer. From there, you can share these photos on Facebook or Twitter, or just save them for a rainy day.

Stellina is also very compact. With its lightweight design, you can slip this telescope into a backpack, head to a remote location, and take wonderful pictures of the night sky. No matter where you travel, you’ll always be able to save your favorite images and share the beauty of the stars with the ones you love.

“There is no eyepiece, because with an eyepiece, you have to observe alone,” said Cyril Dupus, speaking to the connectivity Stellina provides.

You can reserve your own Stellina from the company’s website, which is offering a $500 discount for CES. With a price tag of $2,499, this smart telescope may be out of reach for the average consumer, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Original article available on Digital Trends here.

Wired UK

Wired UK Best of CES 2018

Stellina telescope was featured on Wired UK amongst The most interesting new gadgets and gear from CES 2018:

CES 2018 is here, which can only mean one thing: gadgets. Cut through the landfill with our guide to the new gadgets that will define 2018. For what you should buy right now, take a look at the WIRED Recommends guide to the best gadgets.


Stargazing has never been so easy. The Stellina telescope is a smart product that photographs the night sky at a push of a button. You hook-up the telescope’s accompanying mobile app and it uses GPS to work out where you are. Then it’s possible to select a constellation you want to photograph and the telescope will do its best.

Original article available on Wired UK here.


#tech24 France 24 broadcast

On June 30th, Stellina has been on its first TV show on the set of #TECH24 on France24, a 24-hour international news French television network broadcasting worldwide. The show was translated in 3 differents languages. The choice of topics selected by the journalists showed a promising future for the telescope Stellina that was introduced after the brand new startup’s incubator “Station F” created by the French entrepreneur Xavier Niel in Paris. France is definitely engaging in the innovation race and Vaonis is excited to take part to it!