Tue, Oct 29, 19

STELLINA Smart Telescope

STELLINA Smart Telescope

Imagine taking an intricate hobby and condensing it down to a streamlined experience. To most, that sounds impossible. STELLINA is here to change that.

With this smart, automated device, you can explore the universe in an instant and capture the cosmos in your pocket. The intuitive and free "Stellinapp" (available for both Android and iOS) controls this system, guiding us through the entire process using a WiFi signal emitted by STELLINA. From initial setup to your first astrophoto, the entire experience is almost effortless.

Looking back at our first time using the STELLINA, just downloading the app took longer than actually learning how to use it!

From there, it was only a few minutes between choosing the first cosmic target and the first image popping up on the screen.

Yes, it's really that quick!

Now, you might be curious about what the STELLINA actually is and how it works.

Let's get into that.

How to Use the STELLINA Smart Telescope

AN AUTOMATED, COMPUTERIZED TELESCOPE SYSTEM

Designated as an “observation station” rather than a standard telescope, the STELLINA combines everything astrophotography into one sleek design. Every piece of hardware and software is built into this system, without a single necessity missing. A complete package perfect for personal, professional, or educational use.

Aside from the system itself, all you need to use the STELLINA is yourself and your mobile device!

Download the “Stellinapp” to get started. After connecting through the app, watch how the STELLINA works. The 80 mm aperture telescope rises from the center, pointing to the sky and automatically finding its place on Earth and in the universe. STELLINA recognizes its location through your GPS and something called astrometry, which is explained further down below. Watching this happen brings a sense of wonder in itself that's hard to get over.

From there, you can journey through the cosmos for hours at a time--up to 5 hours, to be exact! Most people won’t be awake for that long, once the Sun goes down. For those of you who thrive in the night, 5 hours will be plenty of time to get some fantastic shots to share the next day. And for those in a hurry, the STELLINA can produce an impressive image in just 30 minutes. 

Check out some of the images you can reproduce with the STELLINA below! Brighter celestial objects, like planets and the Moon take less time to get clearer images than deep-sky objects like nebulae.

images you can take from using the STELLINA

The light you see in the sky tonight took many lightyears to get here. The longer the STELLINA captures light from space, the more detail your images will have.

Never before has astronomy been so accessible, and astrophotography so simple. On top of it all, this observation station is portable enough to bring essentially anywhere! 

A FULLY CONNECTED EXPERIENCE

Gather your friends and family to explore the universe in style. Connect up to 20 people at once to this observation station through the mobile app.

Innovating upon the foundations of traditional astronomy, the STELLINA fully embraces modern technology to create an exciting and shareable experience for everyone involved.

As more images are captured, each mobile device is updated in real-time. One of the best parts? Every image, at any time, can be saved directly to your mobile device immediately and shared in an instant.

How the STELLINA Smart Telescope Works

ASTRONOMY ON THE GO

Weighing in at only 25 pounds and less than 2 feet across any side, the STELLINA is undoubtedly the first of its kind.

This device is ready to go anywhere with you, just like your dog. But unlike your dog, this will sit perfectly still no matter where you place it thanks to the custom-made Gitzo tripod included with every STELLINA.

If you’re involved with photography at all, you’ve probably heard of Gitzo. They’re a world-renowned manufacturer making some of the best tripods on the market, and they’re kind of a big deal. It’s no wonder that they’ve teamed up with Vaonis to make this device a reality.

STELLINA Smart Telescope Size Reference

 

WHY THE STELLINA IS PERFECT FOR YOU

Vaonis and Gitzo have outdone themselves on this one because we couldn't find any substantial downsides.

If you've ever had any interest in the night sky, this will only motivate you to explore that further.

Whether you want it for personal use, professional observation, or educational engagement, this does all the heavy lifting so you can make the most of the time you have.

THE TECH SPECS OF STELLINA

Some of you more keen on astronomy and photography may be wondering what kind of equipment this device is packing. We've got you covered.

The STELLINA works with an 80 mm apochromatic doublet at 400 mm focal length, sitting comfortably at a focal ratio of f/5. This is also built for use anywhere, especially light-polluted cities. Its built-in SONY 178 CMOS sensor has an integrated light-pollution filter to cut through the skyglow. That being said, this device is optimized for deep sky objects like nebulae, galaxies, and clusters rather than planetary viewing.

But you can still see the rings of Saturn clear enough, and what more could you ask for in planetary viewing?

All of this is perched atop a computerized Altitude-Azimuth mount using the previously mentioned astrometry to align itself as precisely as possible. The way this works is once the telescope first points upwards, it begins taking pictures to reference an internal database. Once the star patterns above are matched with those in the system, the STELLINA knows exactly what to do.

Check out the chart below for an in-depth look at all of the specs.

STELLINA specs

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Get your STELLINA here!


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3 comments

  • Alan Sanchez (OPT)

    Hello Bob, thank you for your question. Yes! The images shown here have all be taken using the STELLINA and nothing else. This smart little system incorporates some automatic image processing into each image and also allows you to edit photos even further within the mobile app if you choose to do so. The staff here has had a lot of fun with the STELLINA, and if you choose to get one yourself, we’re sure you will also have a great experience with it!

  • Jack

    Bob Hillenbrand
    The second photo in this review will answer you questions
    https://www.space.com/stellina-smart-telescope-review.html

  • Bob Hillenbrand

    Just one question you never seem to answer directly. Are the images you use in the promotional materials ALL taken with this system – or are you doing what all telescope makers have done since e the dawn of time – showing these great shots that are taken with the major observatories. And if these are real – are they really taken in the influence of major cities as is also suggested ? If you can promise me that the images used are ALL produced using this system then I will be seriously interested ! And should I get one and discover that these have been “fudged” using re-
    sources beyond what I get with the scope I will still be further disgruntled – In other words if you have to take the results – run them through a
    time consuming stacking program, have to have photoshop in addition to what comes with the scope I won’t be happy and if I need more after
    spending this amount of money I would consider this borderline “misleading”. If you can answer those questions – then I may just buy one of these high priced “toys”.

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