1. The Space Center: your new gateway to the stars
Watch how the weather should evolve over the next few hours and days, directly from Singularity. You can also consult information on sunrise and sunset times and moon phases. This offers the essential elements for finding the best time for observation, all at a glance.
Almanacs and astronomical news
To make sure you don’t miss any important astronomical events, Singularity presents a summary of upcoming phenomena to observe. You can also access a complete article on the sky for the current month. Singularity also offers articles on astronomy or space exploration news.
Practical advice, guides and tutorials
From Singularity, you can access articles published on the Vaonis website which offer you tips on how to get the most out of your observation station, tutorials on image processing, and much more besides.
2. Introduction of a new concept: observatories
Singularity can save all your favorite observation sites for faster initialization of your observation station, showing you the prevailing conditions at each of them.
The first time you launch the application you must create at least one observatory. If you have registered several observation sites, to initialize your telescope simply choose the corresponding observatory and tap the “Initialize” button.
If you use multiple devices to connect to your observing station, your observatories will be shared among all your devices.
When choosing your observatory, you will also be able to use the new “Plan my night” feature according to the visible stars (see below for information on this module).
3. Control everything that happens on your observation station at a glance
What is the temperature of my instrument? How much space is left on my USB key? What files are saved on it? Who are the other users connected to my telescope? All these questions are answered in a new screen that shows the status of your observation station. You may also use this screen to put your instrument to sleep when you have finished your observations or, for experts, access commands to capture calibration images (see below for more details).
4. An improved explorer to help you find your next target more easily
A new section also allows you to store manual targets that you can point to by entering their coordinates.
Use this section to capture images of the stars using custom camera settings. Your settings are saved with the object. You can easily restart a capture session with the same settings (Expert Mode must be enabled, see below).
Various interface improvements have been made to facilitate exploration of the celestial object library. You can now consult at a glance the position in the sky of the objects directly from the catalog and do a search by constellation name.
5. Expert Mode: control camera settings and capture calibration images
Eagerly awaited by advanced users, Singularity offers the full power of the “Expert Mode”.
To activate this mode, go to the “Profile” screen, then in the menu at the top right, choose “Settings” then “Activate expert mode”.
Capture images of the stars with custom camera settings
When the Expert Mode is activated, you can capture images of the stars by adjusting the unit exposure time and the camera gain. The exposure time can vary between 5 and 20 seconds and the gain between 0 and 27dB (default values are 10 seconds and 20 dB).
Keep in mind that the default exposure time and gain values were established after extensive testing to achieve optimal performance in most situations.
However, there are some cases where you might want to change the default settings: for very faint objects if you observe under a sky of particularly good quality, for stars with strong contrasts in brightness (for example the Orion nebula), for very bright objects such as star clusters…
You can experiment with the optimal settings for you!
Capture calibration images
When you activate the recording of raw images (FITS format) on the USB key in order to perform manual stacking for image processing, we recommended also capturing calibration images (“darks” and “flats”) which allow you to “subtract” any defects inherent in the sensor and optics from the image of the object.
Singularity now officially supports this feature: from the status screen of your observation station, by tapping the “Expert Mode” button you can launch image acquisition while the optical tube is obstructed. You can define the camera settings and the number of images you want to capture and then let Stellina / Vespera do the work.
6. Plan my Night: schedule your observation sessions and let your station take care of the rest
With “Plan My Night” you can take advantage of all the nights that are suitable for observation until daybreak without having to stay up behind the screen of your smartphone.
You can prepare your observations in advance if, for example, you are receiving friends or in the framework of an association’s activities. If your goal is to accumulate many captures of certain objects for image processing, you can let your observation station work while you sleep.
From a date and an observatory, create a program with a list of objects to observe. Set the dedicated observation time for each object. Activate the program on your observation station and Stellina / Vespera will start the sequence at the scheduled time following the instructions you set.
You can always follow the progress of your observation program in Singularity and interrupt it if you want to take over.
Singularity offers different filters to find the objects to include in your observation program: height on the horizon, duration of visibility, type of object…
7. To discover also…
Synchronizing saved images.
Save your photos in your Singularity gallery and now find them on both your tablet and smartphone. Photo storage in the app is now synchronized across all your devices.
Random observations (only available on iOS).
If you’re stuck for inspiration on what to target, want to be guided, or perhaps discover items you didn’t know, start a random observation from the home screen.