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I purchased a Stellina two weeks ago and have used it three times since receiving it.
As someone with conventional equipment ( equatorial GOTO Mount and scope, ccd cameras etc ) I have been astounded with the ease of setup, initialisation time and accuracy of the GOTO function. The images obtained are almost as good as when imaging with my conventional equipment and it’s ease of setup and use are a great encouragement to using the scope. I took a two hour exposure of the Rossette Nebula and there is no star tailing at all !
It normally takes 30 minutes to setup my conventional equipment and then quite often the clouds roll in making for a very frustration evening which discourages you from trying again on another night.
I’ve had my Stellina for a month and I must say it is brilliant. and has changed my viewing habits enormously. Well done!
The telescope is simple, there’s no other way to describe it…A push of a button and it’s ready to go. I told it to go to the Orion Nebula, it went straight there and started taking images of it. The first few exposures were great, and after 25 minutes, even the imagers were impressed. Sure, it’s Orion, an easy target, so the next target to try was Andromeda. After 20 minutes the dust lanes started to come out, very easy and no star trails or anything. Other targets like the Dumbell nebula have been imaged with success, and the best part is it really is done at the touch of a button. Amazing for outreach and the info in the app really helps tell you what you’re looking at. Sharing the image on multiple tablets with friends and guests was really cool too…I would say the only issues I had was when there were thin clouds it had a hard time locating targets.
I have had my Stellina since a couple of weeks.
I have to say I am impressed!
It was delivered properly in a safe box that can be re-used.
The Stellina is a well built device. It has a very high standard. You can’t default it.
Also the tripod is very sturdy and stable. It’s a great combination to work with.
As soon as you have installed your Stellina (it doesn’t take long) it’s a real pleasure to watch how the Stellina positions itself and focuses on the sky. After this you can choose an object in the sky and immediately the images are live stacking in the App. During this you can still scroll back and watch how the picture gets better and better.
The quality of the final picture is impressive. Lots of details and sometimes wonderful colours.
(If needed a usb stick can be used to do manual stacking of the fits files afterwards.)
The App is a real pleasure to work with as well. It has a good description of the objets. You can also see live details of the sensors in the Stellina (like temperature, humidity,…)
The support desk is also very helpful and they respond to questions very quickly.
You won’t regret buying a Stellina.
I own a variety of astronomical equipment, including several scopes, mounts (including equatorial) and both a dedicated digital astro camera (ATIK) and a modified Canon DSLR. With almost any combination of these items I can take superb astro photos. The price? Time, and lots of it. Oh, and patience. My new Stellina consists of the combined scope and electronics in a briefcase size package and a small, portable tripod. Set up takes only a few minutes and another five or so for the unit to use your OIS/Android phone to orient itself, take a few photos of star fields for precision location, and focus. The Stellina app will then give you a variety of objects/targets that are currently in the night sky for your location and cay and time. In the month or so that I’ve had the scope I have been delighted at its ease-of-use but more importantly, at the quality of the images. No, the scope will not duplicate the photographic results of more sophisticated (and often more expensive) equipment, but I was — and you will be — impressed with what you do achieve. The JPEGs are processed by the unit’s computer using advanced stacking and processing software but you’re also given RAW files which you can process yourself with any number of currently available astronomical software. While the scope is essentially on an altazimuth mount it contains a mechanical field rotator which keeps the scope accurately focused for extended periods of time. I recently took a 60-minute photo of the Horsehead Nebula which stayed in focus the entire time. You could not do this with most altazimuth mounts offered by Celestron or Meade. Yes, the Stellina is expensive but in my mind worth every penny. In short, for ease, simplicity of use and great images, it can’t be beat. And on a personal note, I can’t tell you how many of my neighbors have been dazzled with the beauties of the night sky taken from my driveway. Highly recommended.
As my kids can handle it easily, we can enjoy seeing stars together!
Even in the severely disturbance from the city lights, I am astonished to see such wonderful pictures to be taken. We are really enjoyed to see the sky in each clear night. One thing to annoying us is to reduce the time to sleep!
As a new owner of a Stellina telescope, I am impressed with the technology at my disposal, but still have much to learn. Despite living on the edge of a light polluted city, I have been rewarded with amazing images of deep sky objects. Thank you Vaonis.
Hi I just used my Stellina for the first time and I am very impressed. Here are all the objects I observed in just 2 hours:
I did not spend the full recommended observation time on each object but I am still happy with the results.
I must say that Stellina works so very great – it is outrageous, fantastic and far beyond my expectations. Everything is perfect, from design over the app/ software, which is very easy to use, to hardware and it´s function.
I’m very impressed by it, in fact I’m ecstatic about it.
I’m really finding renew joy in the hobby after leaving it for the last 7 years. I don’t remember the last time that I’ve gone out 3 nights to observe in a week. The ease of use and portability makes the experience more relaxing and enjoyable. This approach will bring in a whole new group of people into the hobby
As a long time amateur astronomer and astro-photographer, I actually feel guilty using Stellina. It is so easy to use, set up, and start taking pictures.
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