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Startalk and Vaonis during the total solar eclipse
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StarTalk and Vaonis Team Up for the Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8th, StarTalk and Vaonis team up for the Total Solar Eclipse. But why embark on this adventure? At Vaonis, our core mission is to awe our users. Witnessing one of the most memorable astronomical events was a natural fit for us. Beyond mere enchantment, we strive to understand the phenomena we observe. That’s why we partnered with America’s leading science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Startalk host. This collaboration between Startalk and Vaonis was an inevitable pairing, combining wonder with deep knowledge to create lasting memories of this spectacular event.

Our story is not just about observing a celestial phenomenon but about a thrilling journey across states, making quick decisions, and the powerful teamwork that led to a spectacular shared experience.

The Game Plan: Dallas or Vermont?

Initially, our entire plan revolved around attending a major event at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, for which we dispatched over 2m3 of instruments and materials. Throughout the day, we closely monitored the shifting weather forecasts in consultation with the Startalk group. However, just three days prior to the eclipse, the weather outlook for Dallas turned unfavorable. Consequently, a remote area in Vermont, near Niagara Falls, emerged as the new optimal location.

It’s worth noting that the Vaonis team departed from France expecting warm weather in Texas, only to find themselves in chilly Vermont. The­y thought Texas would be warm. But they had to go to chilly Ve­rmont. So boots and heavy coats shopping was a necessity in order to “survive” 🙂 

A Road Trip to Reme­mber

The team packe­d their 2m3 of tele­scopes and left from Dallas for NYC. Then they drove six hours to Ve­rmont. It was not a “regular” drive: the scene­ry outside kept changing. Beautiful landscapes appeared. Inside their minds and hearts though, the­y felt anticipation and urgency grow. They had an issue they hadn’t thought of: finding a private vie­wing spot for the famous Neil deGrasse­ Tyson was crucial. Fortunately, they again discussed about it with the Startalk team and found the perfect spot.

StarTalk and Vaonis team up for the Total Solar Eclipse: Experiencing the Total Eclipse­

In Vermont, Cyril and the team met the­ Startalk crew who gave us a warm welcome. 

For the event, 5 Ve­spera 2 and 2 Hestia tele­scopes got carefully set up by our team, to make sure­ everything worked smoothly. The­ event only happene­d once, so they felt a lot of pre­ssure. But everything we­nt well, and the Startalk team was ve­ry happy with them, which made the whole Vaonis crew very proud.

The magical moment arrive­d, and our group, including many first-time astronomers, was amazed by the­ eclipse. Neil de­Grasse Tyson’s clear explanations made­ the minutes of total darkness ve­ry special and unforgettable. For 2 minute­s and 30 seconds, both astro beginners and experts stood togethe­r in wonder.

Fun and Friends

Afte­r the eclipse, pe­ople felt happy and good. Our team chose­ to stay overnight. We were­ happy we worked well toge­ther. The eclipse­ was more than just looking at it. It was about making memories that will last. It was about making ne­w friends, too. Plus, we had over 160,000 cool picture­s from our community to look at and celebrate! 

StarTalk and Vaonis team up for the Total Solar Eclipse.

As the shadow of the moon lifted, leaving behind a trail of joy and collective wonder, our collaboration with Startalk and Neil deGrasse Tyson proved to be more than just a successful viewing. It was a journey fueled by our desire to amaze and be amazed, to understand deeply and share that understanding. Neil deGrasse Tyson, with his profound insights, helped us reveal the invisible within the images captured by our telescopes, making this not just an observation but an educational revelation.

This event was a testament to Vaonis’s commitment to blending the marvelous with the knowledgeable, ensuring that everyone involved retained an eternal memory of the eclipse.

Join us as we continue to explore the mysteries of the universe with the same spirit of adventure and discovery that brought us all together under the moon’s shadow. Be part of our community, where each celestial event is more than just a spectacle—it’s a chance to learn, to wonder, and to connect.

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Solar annular eclipse with Vespera

Many users of the Vespera smart telescope aimed their instruments at the sun on October 14, 2023, to observe the annular eclipse that swept across the western United States. It was an ideal opportunity to prepare for the grand final spectacle: the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Delphine, a member of the Vaonis community, travelled from Europe with her Vespera telescope as carry-on baggage to witness the event. She shares her experience, explaining how Vespera enabled her to fully enjoy this magical moment under the best conditions.

Let’s set off on an adventure

The night is still deep, and as I open the door of the room, the cold violently rushes in. It’s 5°C. Although we are in Arizona, the nights are cold and dry in October. The stars are even more radiant, and Jupiter watches over this early departure. In over 3 hours, the moon will begin to take a bite out of the solar disk.

On the road to the observation site.

A few checks before setting out: Vespera is charged, and so are the backup batteries, cables, camera, tablet. We’re ready to go. In the minibus, no one is talking; everyone is focused on what awaits us. We head towards the Monument Valley Tribal Park, hoping to reach the most suitable spot and gain precious seconds of visibility at the eclipse’s maximum.

The Navajos informed us that the park will be closed. According to their culture, they will not observe the eclipse and will stay with their families.

As the first light of dawn colors the horizon, we arrive at Mexican Hat. This site appeared to me to be quite suitable due to its orientation, accessibility, and panorama. Amateur astronomers who rented a spot for the night and slept under the open sky are already present on the site.

No clouds in sight. Conditions are looking perfect.

Venus on the eastern horizon, Mexican Hat, Utah.


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First contact: excitement builds up

I take out Vespera and position it in front of the group; it will serve as the figurehead of our adventure.

I start the smart telescope’s initialization, and within a few minutes, I’m operational. As a guide, I am the “timekeeper,” and I announce: T-10 minutes; -5 minutes; -2 minutes; -1 minute; -28 seconds… “First contact!”

Vespera ready for action.

With the naked eye, the first contact (the moment when the moon begins to take a bite out of the sun) is not easy to discern, but on the tablet screen, where I observe the images taken by Vespera, it’s very clear. “I’ve got it!” Those observing with the naked eye then gather around Vespera. Excitement is at its peak.

Solar annular eclipse with Vespera smart telescope

A few moments after the first contact. Captured with Vespera.

The Moon continues its progress, and we eagerly await two well-positioned sunspots to be occulted by the moon’s advance. The atmosphere is so pure and dry that the sharpness of the sunspots is impressive in the image displayed in the Singularity app.

The second contact is approaching. In the group, we’re finalizing our eclipse projection setup, while tension is rising among the photographers.

By making small holes in cardboard, we also follow the phenomenon by projection.

Observing the sun through projection: the pinhole effect.

For the first time, I’m very relaxed: Vespera is working perfectly, and after more than an hour, the battery displays 85%. I won’t need external batteries to observe the entire phenomenon.

The crucial moment, as intense as it is short

“T-3 minutes!” The light, so warm just moments ago, becomes twilight, veiled. A shiver runs through us; it’s not just emotion, but the temperature is dropping significantly. The desert didn’t have time to warm up, and we’re back to the same cold we had upon arrival; some put on their gloves and hats.

I try to capture this grayish light while announcing the countdown.

“T-2 minutes; T-1 minute; 24 seconds; 2nd contact!” There it is! The seconds contact, and the ring of fire takes shape.

Solar annular eclipse with Vespera smart telescope

Second contact captured with Vespera.The irregular relief of the moon’s outline can be seen against the sun’s disc.

In 2 minutes and 22 seconds, the solar ring will be perfect. We must not miss the moment. I pass the tablet displaying the image captured by the smart telescope from hand to hand. Vespera offers us a shared moment as a group: the image is large enough on the tablet for several people to enjoy simultaneously. At the same time, I use my phone, which is also connected to Singularity, to regularly take photos through the app. No stress about the result: I see what I’m capturing. I notice the difference compared to the previous total eclipse I experienced in 2017, where I couldn’t have any certainty about the photos until afterward. I take advantage of this serenity to take ambient photos.

Finally, there it is! The eclipse is at its peak. A perfect orange circle appears, and I can’t help but notice the nod to Vespera’s glowing button!

The crucial moment witnessed with Vespera.

Now, it’s really cold. “Just one more minute! … There it is: the 3rd contact!” Applause and a few cheers erupt from all directions.

Everyone is radiant. Gradually, the light regains its warm hue, and the temperature rises.

Solar annular eclipse with Vespera smart telescopeExperiencing the Eclipse with Peace of Mind Thanks to Vespera

We sit down, content, but realizing that it all happened so quickly. For everyone else, the realization is the same: it’s always too short. There’s not enough time to take all the planned shots! An automatic system is needed to succeed in capturing photos, free the mind, and better enjoy the moment. For me, the solution is immediately found: it’s Vespera. I was able to capture the entire eclipse sequence and fully enjoy the show.

The partiality continues, the excitement subsides, and hunger awakens. While sharing coffee and snacks, I answer questions about this little telescope that intrigues many. I show the photos I took on my smartphone, and I share the one from the peak with anyone interested. What a pleasure to be able to send such a memory just minutes after the eclipse!


Solar annular eclipse with Vespera smart telescope

It’s soon time to pack up and conclude this first eclipse experience with my Vespera. All my initial concerns have disappeared. Air travel went smoothly, and passing through security was easy. Despite the lack of network, the initialization was perfect. The battery held up well and still shows 75% after the 4th contact. Most importantly, the captured images are beautiful, and Vespera allowed us to have a true shared moment around the tablet, without the fear of an accidentally falling filter, and with the serenity needed to savor every moment.

For our group of travelers from the French Astronomy Association, the journey continues to the Grand Canyon. Looking forward to the next eclipse!

Delphine Nguyen
Association Française d’Astronomie

Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex
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Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure

Welcome in this new story called “Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure”. Equipped with cutting-edge technology and innovative features, Vespera and Stellina stand out as the best smart telescopes for astrophotography. By streamlining the capture process and automating tedious tasks, Vaonis is making astrophotography more accessible than ever. One of our ambassadors, “Adventurer Of The Third Planet,” embarked on a journey to one of the world’s premier stargazing destination with Vespera. The goal? To put Vespera to the test and uncover its full potential.

Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure on The Best Observation Site

On June 10th, at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Namibia, after a neverending flight, I finally arrive at my destination for two weeks dedicated to observing and astrophotographing the southern sky. I pick Vespera from the plane’s luggage compartment. It’s the perfect smart telescope for this kind of journey. Compact and lightweight, it’s easy to carry as carry-on luggage.
I grab a taxi to reach the capital, Windhoek. Along the way, a group of baboons take over the road and decide to disrupt traffic. Quite a welcoming committee, albeit a friendly one.

If we were to create a top 3 list of the best astronomical destinations in the world, Namibia would undoubtedly be among them. It boasts weather conditions that result in an exceptionally clear sky. It’s one of the least densely populated countries on the planet, with no light pollution. In the western part of the country, facing the ocean and home to the world’s oldest desert, it hardly ever rains, offering over 300 days of sunshine per year.


Observation with Vespera from the Namib Desert

An “All-Terrain” Smart Telescope in the Namib Desert


I hit the road towards my first observation site. After several hours on bumpy, dusty tracks, I arrive at my destination at night. I turn off the headlights, step out of the car, and turn my gaze towards the sky. Wow!!

My eyes aren’t used to the darkness yet, but it’s imposing itself upon my vision, brilliant and perfectly defined, stretching across the sky from one horizon to the other: the Milky Way. This isn’t my first time observing the sky from Namibia, and I’ve also experienced the skies of Chile. However, what I see here is even more spectacular than what I can remember.
I make my way to the hut I’ll be staying in for the first part of my journey, amid of a vast plain dominated by the arch of the Milky Way.


Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure

My observation site for the first part of the stay.

Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure & The most beautiful place in the galaxy

The main goal of coming to Namibia is to capture high-definition astrophotography of a region of the sky that I consider the most beautiful in the Milky Way: the cloud complex around Rho Ophiuchi and Antares. This consists of pink, blue, and yellow nebulae intertwining, streaked with dark nebulae, dotted with globular clusters, and illuminated by the intense brilliance of Antares. A true fireworks display in the galaxy.


Star chart to find Rio Ophiuchi

Location of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex.


This part of the sky is observable from the Northern Hemisphere. However, the Scorpius constellation remains very low on the horizon. In the Southern Hemisphere, the Milky Way stretches across the sky from horizon to horizon, and its center nearly reaches the zenith at one point during the night.


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The journey is yet exhausting, and I decide not to dive into this project on the first night. I need some sleep, especially with the upcoming nights ahead. However, I won’t waste such a beautiful sky. Plus, I need to make sure Vespera has handled the Namibian tracks well.

Vespera is ready to operate within a few minutes. It’s perfect for a quick sky check even at the end of a long day. As a target for this first night, I choose the “Running Chicken Nebula.” I let Vespera gather light while I settle into my hut, occasionally glancing at the real-time stacking result. In the Singularity app, on the live observation screen, the nebula is clearly revealed pretty quickly. Even without processing, the view is already spectacular.


Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure

Live observation of the Running Chicken Nebula.

Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure | Wide-Field Astrophotography using Vespera

The complex of nebulae around Antares and Rho Ophiuchi covers a vast area of the sky, spanning over 5°. Vespera‘s native field of view is 1.6° x 0.9°. Vaonis smart telescopes feature an exclusive automatic panorama capture mode. In the Singularity app, I can define an area of up to 3.2° x 1.8°, and the telescope will automatically capture the full image. This allows for photographing most large deep-sky objects in their entirety, including the Andromeda Galaxy, the Rosette Nebula, the Horsehead Nebula region, the Pleiades star cluster, the North America Nebula, and more.

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However, it won’t be enough to capture the entire region I’m aiming for. I need to create a mosaic. I first plan to assemble 6 images, with about a 25% overlap between each image to facilitate the mosaic assembly. To achieve good image quality, I also plan to capture between 2 and 3 hours of data for each image. Lastly, I set a minimum height of 25° above the horizon to begin the acquisition. Below 20°, atmospheric absorption degrades the quality of observation. In practice, I can only capture a single portion of the mosaic per night (taking into account the presence of the moon in the second half of the night).

A Star 800 Times Larger Than the Sun

Let’s start the project on this second night. For the first part of the mosaic, I choose to start with Antares. It’s a supergiant star, one of the largest in our galaxy. It illuminates the surrounding nebulae with a yellow-orange color, a very rare tint for nebulae. In the Singularity app that controls Vespera, I define the widest possible field around Antares and start the observation.


Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure

Field and Framing Selection in the Singularity App.


This is the first time I observe this region with Vespera, and I can’t remember ever seeing an image of it captured with a smart telescope before. I have no idea about what kind of result I’ll get. So, here I am, watching the capture progress with a certain excitment as the live stacking goes on. In Electronically Assisted Astronomy, faint nebulosities are not always easily visible. Revealing them requires the image processing step typical of astrophotography.
After a few dozen minutes of observation, there’s no doubt: the nebulosities around Antares are clearly visible and showcase the characteristic yellow color.


Observing Antares with Vespera

Direct Observation of Nebulosities Around Antares.

Life to the Rhythm of the Night

One night under the Milky Way follows another. I dedicate about 3 hours each night to work on the mosaic. The sky is perfect, and there’s so much to observe: the Carina Nebula, the Centaur Globular Cluster, the Small Magellanic Cloud, the Eagle Nebula, the Omega Nebula. I also take the opportunity to discover objects I’ve never observed before, like the Figthing Dragons Nebula (NGC6188 – Ara constellation).
The night starts quite early because Namibia’s sunsets are simply unmissable. I also enjoy transitory astronomical phenomena such as Venus passing through the Beehive Cluster.


Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure

Venus transiting through the Beehive Cluster / Vespera

Long story short : I get very little sleep at night. Additionally, I’m eager to start processing the first captured images to see how they turn out. And, the landscapes of Namibia are truly something! It would be a shame not to explore them during the day. So, I don’t get much sleep during the day either.

Vespera is running at full capacity. During the day, it can rest and recharge its battery. Where I am, there is simply no electricity. I use LED lamps for lighting, and the shower water is heated with a wood fire. Fortunately, in Namibia, there is an abundance of sunlight and the energy it provides. In just one day, my portable solar panels are able to recharge Vespera and the tablet that has the Singularity application.


Charging Vespera with solar panels

Charging Vespera’s internal battery with solar power.

Need more!

I manage to capture the 6 parts of my mosaic after 5 nights. The processing done on the first images and a basic stitching suggest a spectacular result. However, it’s obvious: the final framing is too tight, and the overall composition lacks more space.
We need to make the mosaic bigger and wider. If I want to extend it a bit on all sides, I estimate that I will need to switch to a 12-image mosaic.

I’m up for the challenge!

Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure

Image processing and mosaic stitching.

I take the opportunity to change my observation site and head to the Namib Naukluf National Park a bit further south. This region is designated as an International Dark Sky Reserve.
This time, I have a bit more comfort with electricity. The landscape is just as enchanting, and the sunsets are still spectacular.
There’s a huge wooden deck that allows me to roll out the bed, cleverly set up on wheels. Despite the cool nighttime temperatures at this time of year, I get to experience starry nights in the utmost comfort. What more could one ask for!

sleeping under the stars

A unique stargazing experience.

Image processing and mosaic assembly

It will ultimately take me 11 consecutive nights to capture the 12 tiles needed for the mosaic. For this kind of project, the more consistent the conditions are from one night to the next, the better the result.

I first perform a preliminary processing of each image from the 16-bit RAW file pre-stacked by Vespera. This is a huge time-saver since I don’t have to manually do the stacking (not to mention that this part of the process isn’t particularly exciting). The processing must also be as consistent as possible. If images have significantly different renderings (brightness, contrast, color, noise, details), seams can be visible in the final image. As shown in the illustration below, despite my precautions, some differences still exist, but they are relatively minor and can be handled by the software used for stitching the panorama.
Once the mosaic is assembled, I finalize the processing on the full image.


Rho Ophiuchi mosaic stitching process

Stitching of the 12 images composing the mosaic.


The final image covers a field of view of about 7°x5.5° with a resolution of over 56 megapixels. With another smart telescope that doesn’t have the field expansion technology that is exclusive to Vaonis telescopes, it would have been necessary to capture at least four times more images to create the same mosaic, which is 48 images – and thus at least 48 nights. In other words, a project nearly impossible to accomplish.


Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure

The final image.


About the image processing

Affinity Photo software was primarily used for most of the processing and for assembling the mosaic, along with StratNet 2 for star separation.

Click here to download the raw images in 16-bit TIFF format (330 Mo)  and practice image processing or test your own techniques.

Vespera & the Milky Way: A High-Definition Adventure

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Hestia: Verwandeln Sie Ihr Smartphone in ein intelligentes Teleskop

Hestia: Verwandeln Sie Ihr Smartphone in ein intelligentes Teleskop

Erkunden Sie das Universum mit Hestia: Fotografieren Sie die Sonne, die historische Sonnenfinsternis 2024, den Mond und vieles mehr.

Hestia ist das Teleskop, das Sie sich schon immer gewünscht haben, das es aber noch nicht gab… Jetzt ist es da! Es macht die Wunder des Kosmos für jedermann zugänglich.

Hestia nutzt die Leistungsfähigkeit Ihres Smartphones und unsere Spitzentechnologie und ermöglicht es Ihnen, den Glanz der Sonne, die unglaubliche Schönheit des Mondes und die fesselnden Tiefen des Universums einzufangen – ohne komplexe Einstellungen oder umfassende Astronomiekenntnisse. Legen Sie Ihr Smartphone einfach auf das Okular von Hestia, richten Sie das Gerät auf ein Himmelsobjekt Ihrer Wahl, lassen Sie sich von unserer benutzerfreundlichen App leiten und entdecken Sie eine ganz neue Welt.

Nächstes Jahr zieht am 8. April eine totale Sonnenfinsternis über Nordamerika hinweg. Millionen Menschen werden sich versammeln, um dieses historische Ereignis zu beobachten. DAS DÜRFEN SIE NICHT VERPASSEN! Halten Sie diesen magischen Augenblick mit Hestia fest, um das beeindruckende Himmelsschauspiel sicherer und aus größerer Nähe zu beobachten.

Sehen Sie sich den Weg der Sonnenfinsternis unten an.

Am 12. August 2026 findet in Europa zum ersten Mal seit 2006 eine totale Sonnenfinsternis statt.

Hestia ist für jedes Ziel und jeden Zeitpunkt geeignet. Bewundern Sie die Schätze des Himmels, wann und wo Sie möchten.

Je näher sie dem Höhepunkt des aktuellen Sonnenzyklus kommt, desto aktiver wird unser Stern. Die Beobachtung der Sonnenflecken mit Hestia und seinem Sonnenfilter hilft Ihnen, das Verhalten der Sonne, ihren Einfluss auf das Weltraumwetter und ihre Auswirkungen auf unseren Planeten zu verstehen.

Abends können Sie den Sonnenfilter in aller Sicherheit entfernen und den letzten Auftritt der Sonne bewundern.

Sonnenuntergang, aufgenommen mit Hestia ohne Sonnenfilter.

Jetzt wird jede Mondbeobachtung zu einem emotionalen Erlebnis. Entdecken Sie alle Facetten des faszinierend schönen Trabanten unseres Planeten.

Der Himmel ist nicht klar? Toll sind auch Aufnahmen des Mondes, der durch die Wolken scheint!

Alle Astronauten haben einmal angefangen. Hestia ist ideal als erstes Instrument für Einsteiger oder neugierige Menschen, die das Weltall gerne ausführlicher erkunden und verstehen möchten. Hestia und Ihr Smartphone bilden zusammen ein völlig neues Portal, das Ihnen dabei hilft, das Universum zu durchqueren, einige der hellsten Galaxien, Nebel und Sternhaufen zu beobachten und Ihre Reise in den Weltraum zu beginnen.

Die Verwendung von Hestia ist alles andere als komplex. Befestigen Sie Hestia am Stativ und richten Sie die Hauptkamera Ihres Smartphones mit Hilfe von Gravity by Vaonis auf das Okular von Hestia aus. Wählen Sie Ihr Ziel und lassen Sie sich von der App dorthin führen.

Voilà! Schon können Sie die Schönheiten des Kosmos bewundern.

Mit seinem patentierten optischen Design mit sechs Linsen, einem 30-mm-Objektiv (1,2 Zoll) und Prismen, die das Licht brechen und direkt auf den Kamerasensor Ihres Smartphones fokussieren, lotet Hestia die Grenzen der Miniaturisierung neu aus.

Durch ein System mit abnehmbaren Magneten ist Hestia mit allen Größen derzeitiger und zukünftiger Smartphones kompatibel. Hestia wird mit der Zeit immer besser.

Aber das ist noch nicht alles. Hestia benötigt keine andere Stromquelle als Ihr Smartphone und wurde so konzipiert, dass es den Test der Zeit besteht und ewig hält.

Unsere neue App unterstützt Sie Tag und Nacht bei Ihren Abenteuern im Weltraum, führt Sie mühelos zu den Sternen und bietet spannende Lerninhalte. Schnallen Sie sich an, machen Sie es sich bequem und tauchen Sie ein in den Kosmos.

Gravity by Vaonis bietet zahlreiche Lerninhalte, mit denen Sie in Ihrem eigenen Tempo mehr über unser Universum erfahren können. Egal, ob Sie Einsteiger sind und die Entstehung von Mondkratern verstehen möchten oder als Weltraumfan täglich die Entwicklung der Sonnendaten verfolgen möchten: Unsere Anwendung hilft Ihnen, mehr über unsere kosmische Umgebung zu erfahren.

Verloren im Weltall? Keine Sorge, wir haben alles im Griff. Gravity von Vaonis umfasst eine interaktive Himmelskarte, die Ihnen hilft, Ihren Weg durch das Universum zu finden. Erforschen Sie die Sternbilder, lernen Sie den Himmel um Sie herum kennen, und finden Sie interessante Objekte. Wählen Sie einfach einen Sternhaufen, eine Galaxie oder einen Nebel aus und lassen Sie sich von unserer Sternkarte präzise ans Ziel führen. Legen Sie Ihr Smartphone einfach auf das Hestia-Gerät und folgen Sie den Lichtern, um Ihr Teleskop korrekt auszurichten und Objekte zu beobachten, die für das bloße Auge unsichtbar sind.

Machen Sie das, was für unsere Augen unsichtbar ist, mit der Live-Stacking-Technologie von Hestia sichtbar. Wählen Sie Ihr Ziel und lassen Sie die Magie von Gravity by Vaonis wirken. Die Hestia Begleit-App verbessert die Beobachtung mit Hilfe unserer proprietären Bildverarbeitungsalgorithmen, die mehrere mit dem Smartphone aufgenommene Kurzzeitbelichtungen zu einem einzigen hochwertigen Foto kombinieren und ausrichten.

Lassen Sie sich über die Wetterbedingungen informieren, um draußen den Nachthimmel zu erkunden. Nutzen Sie alle Himmelsereignisse und Gelegenheiten zur Sternbeobachtung.


Nach Stellina, Vespera, Vespera Pro und Hyperia ist Hestia unser fünftes Familienmitglied. Wir wissen, wie man herausragende Produkte für die Astronomie herstellt.

Hestia: Verwandeln Sie Ihr Smartphone in ein intelligentes Teleskop

Hestia: Verwandeln Sie Ihr Smartphone in ein intelligentes TeleskopHestia: Verwandeln Sie Ihr Smartphone in ein intelligentes TeleskopHestia: Verwandeln Sie Ihr Smartphone in ein intelligentes Teleskop

Hestia: Verwandeln Sie Ihr Smartphone in ein intelligentes Teleskop

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Hestia: Turn Your Smartphone Into A Smart Telescope




Dear Vaonis Community,

We are pleased to announce that Vaonis will once again be leveraging the powerful platform of Kickstarter for the introduction of our next pioneering venture in the field of astronomy technology.

Our initial Kickstarter campaigns brought you Vespera, our innovative smart and light-weight telescope that democratizes astrophotography by making it accessible to astronomy enthusiasts of all levels. This products, along with Stellina, marked the beginning of our commitment to enhancing the stargazing experience through cutting-edge technology. Now, we are eager to build upon this foundation and continue to shape the future of this captivating discipline.

Our team, comprised of skilled engineers and design experts, has been working diligently to develop our next-generation product and, while we are not willing to share the specifics of our new project yet in order to keep the momentum til D-Day, we assure you it is designed with the intent of offering an even more immersive and advanced stargazing experience: it’s part of our DNA.

The decision to return to Kickstarter is not incidental. We hold firm our belief in the invaluable role of community engagement. Kickstarter allows us to involve you—our trusted supporters and beloved customers—in the development process from the earliest stages. We value your input and commitment and want you to be part of our journey into the future of astronomical exploration.

Therefore, we invite you to join us in this ambitious endeavor. To participate in the expansion of astronomical knowledge. To further our collective understanding of the universe that surrounds us. 

We strongly encourage you to follow our social media channels and sign up for our Kickstarter newsletter.

We at Vaonis are excited to be returning to Kickstarter and we look forward to your continued support as we embark on this new chapter of astronomical advancement.

Clear skies,

The Vaonis Team

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Hestia: convierte tu Smartphone en un telescopio inteligente


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Hestia es el telescopio que siempre has deseado pero que no existía… hasta ahora. Diseñado para que todas las personas puedan disfrutar de las maravillas del Cosmos.

Aprovechando la potencia de tu Smartphone y nuestra tecnología de última generación, Hestia te permite capturar el brillo del Sol, la fascinante belleza de la Luna y las asombrosas profundidades del Universo, sin necesidad de complejas configuraciones ni amplios conocimientos de astronomía. Simplemente tienes que colocar tu Smartphone en el ocular de Hestia, alinear el dispositivo con el objeto celeste que elijas, dejarte guiar por nuestra aplicación de fácil manejo y descubrir todo un nuevo mundo de exploración.

El año que viene, el 8 de abril, Norteamérica será testigo de un Eclipse solar. Millones de personas se reunirán para presenciar el acontecimiento más impresionante de su vida. NO TE LO PIERDAS. Captura ese momento mágico con Hestia para ver más de cerca y de forma totalmente segura este sobrecogedor espectáculo.

En Europa también se producirá un Eclipse solar total, por primera vez desde 2006, el miércoles 12 de agosto de 2026.

Hestia se ajusta a cada objetivo y momento. Disfruta de las maravillas del cielo cuando y donde quieras.

A medida que el Sol se acerca al punto álgido de su actual ciclo solar, el astro rey se muestra cada vez más activo. Hacer un seguimiento de las manchas solares con Hestia y su filtro solar te ayudará a comprender el comportamiento del Sol, su influencia en la meteorología espacial y su impacto en nuestro planeta.

Para disfrutar de la última gran actuación del Sol al final del día, retira con total tranquilidad el filtro solar. Sunset Hestia prototype

Cada encuentro con la Luna será ahora una experiencia llena de emociones. Descubre todas las caras del bello y enigmático satélite de nuestro planeta.

¿Cielo nublado esta noche? Captar la Luna asomándose entre las nubes también es un espectáculo magnífico:Moon piercing the clouds Hestia prototype

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Antes de convertirnos en capitanes interespaciales, todos empezamos como jóvenes cadetes estelares. Hestia es el mejor primer instrumento para principiantes o personas curiosas a las que les encantaría descubrir y comprender mejor los secretos de la bóveda celeste. Hestia y tu Smartphone unen sus fuerzas para formar un portal desconocido hasta ahora, ayudándote a cruzar el Universo para ser testigo de algunas de las Galaxias, Nebulosas y Cúmulos Estelares más brillantes y comenzar tu viaje espacial.

El funcionamiento de Hestia es todo menos complejo. Sujeta Hestia a tu trípode y alinea la cámara principal de tu Smartphone con el ocular de Hestia con la ayuda de Gravity by Vaonis. Elige tu objetivo y deja que la aplicación te guíe para encontrarlo.

¡Ya está! Ya puedes empezar a disfrutar de las bellezas del Cosmos.

Con su diseño óptico patentado de seis lentes con un objetivo de 30 mm (1,2 pulgadas) y prismas para recoger y enfocar la luz directamente en el sensor de la cámara de tu Smartphone, Hestia supera los límites de la miniaturización.


Gracias a un sistema de imanes extraíbles, Hestia se adapta a todos los tamaños de Smartphone actuales y futuros. Hestia solo puede mejorar con el tiempo.

Pero aún hay más. Sin más fuente de alimentación que la de tu Smartphone, Hestia ha sido diseñado para resistir el paso del tiempo y durar para siempre.

Nuestra nueva aplicación está diseñada para ayudarte en tus aventuras espaciales, de día y de noche, guiarte a las estrellas con facilidad y ofrecerte contenidos apasionantes. Así que abróchate el cinturón, ponte cómodo y prepárate para surcar el cosmos.

Gravity by Vaonis incluye todo un itinerario educativo que te permitirá descubrir más sobre nuestro Universo a tu ritmo. Desde principiantes en astronomía que desean comprender la formación de los cráteres lunares hasta entusiastas que desean seguir diariamente la evolución de los datos solares, nuestra aplicación ayudará a todos a aprender más sobre nuestro entorno cósmico.

¿Te has perdido en el espacio? No te preocupes, tenemos lo que necesitas. Gravity by Vaonis integra un mapa celeste interactivo para ayudarte a orientarte en el Universo. Explora las constelaciones, aprende a reconocer el cielo que te rodea y encuentra un objeto que despierte tu interés. Tanto si seleccionas un cúmulo estelar, una galaxia o una nebulosa, nuestro mapa celeste te guiará hasta tu objetivo con precisión. Simplemente con colocar tu Smartphone en Hestia y seguir las luces para alinear correctamente el telescopio podrás capturar lo que es invisible a simple vista.

Haz visible lo que es invisible a nuestros ojos con la tecnología de apilamiento de imágenes en directo de Hestia. Elige tu objetivo y deja que Gravity by Vaonis haga magia. La aplicación complementaria de Hestia te permite mejorar tu observación utilizando nuestros algoritmos de procesamiento de imágenes patentados para combinar y alinear varias imágenes de corta exposición capturadas con tu Smartphone en una única fotografía de alta calidad.

Recibe notificaciones sobre las condiciones meteorológicas para salir a explorar el cielo nocturno. Entérate de todos los acontecimientos astronómicos y las mejores oportunidades para observar las estrellas.

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Después de Stellina, Vespera, Vespera Pro e Hyperia, Hestia es el quinto miembro de nuestra familia. Sabemos hacer grandes productos astronómicos.


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A Comprehensive Guide to Using ‘Plan My Night’

A Comprehensive Guide to Using ‘Plan My Night’. As we stand on the precipice of a new era in astronomy, the power to explore the cosmos is no longer confined to the realm of professional observatories. With the advent of advanced technology, the universe is now at the fingertips of anyone with a Vespera or Stellina and a thirst for discovery. This article will guide you through the process of using ‘Plan My Night’, a unique feature available in our Singularity app, to schedule and automatically run observation sessions.

‘Plan My Night’ is a revolutionary feature that allows you to program observation sessions without needing to be physically connected to your Vespera or Stellina.

To begin, navigate to the ‘Plan My Night’ screen and select ‘create a plan’. You’ll then be prompted to choose your observatory, or the observation site where the program will run. After validating your choice, select the date for your observation program. The software will automatically specify available observation times based on sunrise and sunset.

Once you’ve named your program, it’s time to choose the objects you wish to observe. These will appear in a zone located in the top section of the screen. A list of observable objects, each with a blue bar indicating the interval of time during which the object is observable, is provided in the bottom section of the screen.

‘Plan My Night’ offers a customizable experience, allowing you to filter proposed objects and specify custom criteria. You can choose from all objects in the catalog, just from favorites, or only from those you defined in manual targets. You can filter by category of object, such as galaxies only, and even filter objects according to their height above the horizon. You can also specify a minimum period of time during which the objects must be observable.

Adding an object to the observation program is as simple as touching its name or its observation bar. The object will be added to the schedule in the top portion of the screen, with the duration of visibility set based on the maximum available block of time. The blue curve shows the height variations of the object above the horizon. You can set the observation start and end times for this object and, when you’re satisfied, touch ‘add’.

You can modify or delete the observation times for an object by touching the zone that corresponds to that object. Once you’re satisfied with your observation schedule, press save.

Your observation programs can be viewed from the ‘Plan My Night’ start screen.

To launch an observation program, you must be connected to your observation station. However, the station doesn’t need to have already been initialized. Initialization is automatic when you start your schedule. Your telescope will now automatically capture the objects you defined in the program without your active involvement. When the observation program is finished, your telescope’s arm will automatically return to its closed position.

You can manage how your observation program runs and view the capture directly, as if it was a traditional observation. When your observation station has finished observing the object, it will automatically move on to the next object in the sequence, as defined in the program.

Finally, to view and recover observation program results once complete, go to the ‘Plan My Night’ screen, then choose ‘plan finished’. You can view the image captured for each of the objects and use the usual Singularity commands to save and share the image. Observation program results remain available until another program is launched.

In conclusion, ‘Plan My Night’ is a powerful feature that democratizes the field of astronomy, making it accessible to all. With its user-friendly interface and advanced features, it truly brings the universe to your backyard.

So, what are you waiting for? The cosmos awaits!

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Exploring the Cosmos with Vespera by Astro La Vista

Exploring the Cosmos with Vespera by Astro La Vista. As we journey through the cosmos, technology continues to evolve, making the exploration of the universe more accessible than ever. One such innovation is Vespera Smart Telescope. This device, designed for both amateur and seasoned astronomers, has been making waves in the astronomy industry. In this article, content creator and astronomer Astro La Vista delves into a comprehensive review of Vespera Smart Telescope, inspired by a detailed YouTube review.

Singularity app: A Game-Changer in Astronomy

Vespera is a user-friendly device that brings the wonders of the universe to your fingertips. It’s designed to capture a range of celestial objects, including the sun, moon, galaxies, nebulae and more. Astro La Vista tested all the filters provided for this review, including the solar filter, light pollution filter, and dual band filter.

Setting up Vespera is straightforward. The user-friendly Singularity app guides you through the process, from creating an account to setting up an observatory by entering your location. This feature allows the app to provide information about the weather and recommend objects to observe each night.

Capturing the Sun with Vespera

One of the highlights of Vespera is its ability to capture the sun. After leveling the tripod and connecting to Vespera Wi-Fi signal, the user can install the appropriate solar filter. The app ensures that the correct filter is installed, preventing accidental observation of the sun with the wrong filter. Vespera then automatically finds and focuses on the sun, providing a detailed image of the solar disk, complete with granulation and sunspots.

The process of capturing galaxies is equally impressive. Vespera captures 10-second exposures and stacks them together to create an image on the screen. The reviewer chose the Whirlpool Galaxy, which was well-positioned for observation. The resulting image exhibited a vivid spiral structure with faint galaxies scattered throughout the background. While there was some noise and chromatic aberration, the overall results were commendable.

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Vespera also excels in capturing nebulae. Despite the challenges posed by the reviewer’s location and the time of year (Galaxy season), Vespera managed to capture a stunning image of the Fish Head Nebula using the dual band filter. This was a first-time capture for Astro La Vista, highlighting Vespera‘s capabilities.

One of the unique features of Vespera is its Mosaic mode, known as CovalENS technology, which increases the field of view by moving around the object between each shot. This mode was tested on the Virgo Supercluster of galaxies, resulting in a wider, cleaner, and clearer image. The Mosaic mode not only covers more sky but also effectively zooms in, improving image quality.

Exploring the Cosmos with Vespera by Astro La Vista4 essential Vespera accessories: endless possibilities

You can also find various accessories suited for Vespera, including a backpack for safe transport, a high tripod for rough terrain, and a hygrometer sensor that works with Vespera‘s dew control anti-mist system. Astro La Vista noted that Vespera‘s battery held up well, and there were no issues with dew formation on the lens, a significant achievement considering the damp conditions in the UK.

Despite its many advantages, Vespera does have a few minor drawbacks. The blue power indicator light is not ideal for stargazers who prefer red lights. The plate solving and focusing process can take a while, but the reviewer noted that it always worked flawlessly.

In conclusion

Vespera Smart Telescope is a high-quality device that makes exploring the cosmos accessible and enjoyable. Its user-friendly design, impressive image capturing capabilities, and innovative features make it a worthy investment for anyone passionate about astronomy. Despite a few minor drawbacks, Vespera definitely stands out as a reliable and efficient tool for both beginners and seasoned astronomers.

Vespera is more than just a telescope; it’s a gateway to the universe. It’s designed to make astronomy accessible to everyone, regardless of their experience level. With Vespera, you can explore the cosmos from your backyard, capturing stunning images of celestial objects and learning more about the universe we live in.

In the end, Vespera Smart Telescope is more than worth considering; it’s a must-have for anyone passionate about exploring the cosmos. Its user-friendly design, impressive capabilities, and innovative features make it a standout in the astronomy industry. So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey through the cosmos, Vespera is your ticket to the stars.

Huge thank you to Astro La Vista for his reviews. You can see both videos here and here. C

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Singularity App: Your Guide to the Cosmos

Singularity App: Your Guide to the Cosmos. The universe is a vast expanse of cosmic wonders, and with the right tools, we can bring these celestial bodies closer to home. One such tool is the Singularity application, designed to optimize your observations using Vespera or Stellina telescope. This blog post will guide you through the main features of Singularity, turning your stargazing sessions into a cosmic journey.

Setting Up Your Space Centre

Upon launching Singularity for the first time and creating your account, you’ll be taken to the space centre. Here, the first step is to choose your observatory, essentially the location from where you’ll be observing. You can set up multiple observatories and monitor the weather conditions and forecasts for each. To create a new observatory, simply tap the plus icon, select ‘add a new observatory’, define its location, and give it a name.

Instrument Widget and Image Format Widget

The instrument widget allows you to check the connection between your smartphone or tablet and your observation station. It also provides information about the temperature, humidity, and the installed filter in your observation station.

The image format widget, on the other hand, helps you select the file formats that will be automatically saved in Vespera‘s or Stellina‘s internal memory or on a USB during your observations.

Exploring the Celestial Bodies

Once you’ve set up your observatory, you can initialize the process and choose your observation target. The explorer feature, also called catalog, in Singularity offers hundreds of celestial objects to choose from. You can filter your search by the type of object, such as nebulae, and sort options to list the highest objects in the sky first.

If the object you want to observe isn’t available in the browser, you can manually enter its celestial coordinates. This feature allows you to observe any celestial body, even those not listed in the application.

Observation and Image Stacking

When an observation is in progress, the result is displayed on the observation screen. By default, your observation station captures images using an exposure time of 10 seconds and combines them using a method called stacking. This technique gradually enhances image quality by overlaying multiple images of the same object.

Saving and Sharing Your Observations

Singularity offers several ways to save and share your observation results. You can store the image in your Singularity gallery, on your tablet or smartphone, or share it with friends and family using standard share functions. Depending on the options you defined on the instrument screen, observation images are automatically saved in the internal memory of Vespera or on a USB key with Stellina.

Planning Your Night and Managing Your Profile

The ‘Plan my night’ feature is used to plan a full night of observations automatically performed by your instrument. The profile section provides access to your Singularity gallery, as well as to your account and application settings. The gallery contains the images you stored in Singularity from the observation section, which are stored in the cloud and linked to your account.

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With Singularity, the universe is at your fingertips. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a curious beginner, this application offers a user-friendly interface and a plethora of features to make your stargazing experience truly out of this world. So, set up your observatory, choose your celestial object, and embark on a cosmic journey like no other.

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What can we observe in the sky in June 2023?

What can we observe in the sky in June: ephemeris of astral events for the month of June 2023.

June, a month of brilliant starry skies, offers us a wealth of celestial events and objects to explore. With the aid of your Vaonis instruments, these astronomical wonders reveal their splendour. Let’s take a deeper look into the universe’s spectacle, a story of galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, and supernova visible in June 2023. 

M101 and the Fading Supernova

What can we observe in the sky in June: ephemeris of astral events for the month of June 2023.M101 by Susan Fortney with Stellina

Perhaps the most dramatic event of the season is the supernova discovered by Koichi Itagaki on 19th May 2023. After its discovery, the supernova, named SN 2023ixf, exploded in brightness, increasing 44 times over just three days. This supernova, which originated from the Pinwheel Galaxy (M101) located in the constellation Ursa Major (The Great Bear), is set to illuminate our night skies for a few months. Although the supernova’s luminosity is already declining, it will remain visible in Stellina and Vespera instruments throughout June, offering a rare glimpse of a star’s explosive death.

The Lagoon Nebula: A Cosmic Nursery

What can we observe in the sky in June: ephemeris of astral events for the month of June 2023.M8 by Peter Board

The Lagoon Nebula (M8 or NGC 6523), an expansive star-forming region in Sagittarius (The Archer), offers a stunning sight. Although dimly visible to the naked eye under favourable conditions, your Vespera or Stellina will reveal the full majesty of this celestial object. The Lagoon Nebula appears as a giant glowing cloud of interstellar gas, three times the area of the full Moon, housing an embedded open star cluster (NGC 6530). 

Small Sagittarius Star Cloud: A Stellar Congregation

M24 by Fatima Salcedo with Stellina

Discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, the Small Sagittarius Star Cloud (M24 or IC 4715) is a mesmerising sight. Located in the Sagittarius-Carina arm of the Milky Way, it provides a view of thousands of stars through a “tunnel” in the interstellar dust. This cloud’s region reveals over a thousand stars, providing a truly awe-inspiring experience.

The Great Hercules Cluster: A Stellar Time Capsule

What can we observe in the sky in June: ephemeris of astral events for the month of June 2023.

M13 (512 exp) with Vespera

The Great Hercules Cluster (M13 or NGC 6205) is a globular cluster that shines brightly in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer sky. Visible to the naked eye under optimal conditions, your Vaonis instrument will start to resolve this glittering ball into hundreds of individual stars. This cluster, containing up to a million suns approximately 12 billion years old, is a testament to the vast age and scale of our universe.

Ptolemy’s Cluster: Following the Scorpion’s Stinger

M7 by Stellina

The constellation Scorpius (The Scorpion) hosts Ptolemy’s Cluster (M7 or NGC 6475), named after the ancient Egyptian astronomer who referred to it as the ‘little cloud following the stinger of Scorpius. This large, bright open cluster of about 80 stars will be observable with your Vespera or Stellina, covering an area almost three full Moons wide.

A Close Encounter with Asteroid 488453 (1994 XD)

A celestial interloper, the Apollo-class asteroid 488453 (1994 XD), will swing by Earth, missing us by eight lunar distances early on the morning of 12th June. This half-kilometre-wide asteroid, while only visible through a telescope at its closest approach, offers an exciting opportunity for those with the necessary equipment. The asteroid will speed through the northern constellation Cepheus (The King), moving at a rate equivalent to the apparent diameter of the full Moon every 20 minutes. Observing this quick-footed celestial visitor will surely be a thrilling experience for asteroid chasers.

The month of June 2023 offers a plethora of celestial sights to behold. From a supernova remnant in a distant galaxy to the formation of new stars in the nebulae of our own Milky Way, the night sky promises to be a source of wonder and inspiration. The vast star clouds and clusters remind us of the grandeur of the universe, while the flyby of a near-Earth asteroid emphasizes the dynamic nature of our cosmic neighbourhood.

Whether you’re an experienced stargazer or a novice to the field, this month provides an excellent opportunity to step outside on clear nights and delve into the mysteries of the cosmos. So, grab your Vespera or Stellina and enjoy the celestial extravaganza of June 2023.

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