The STELLINA from Vaonis is what we get when innovation meets automation. Never has astrophotography been so easy to get into before this mobile observation station. Simple enough for children to understand, yet full of capabilities that will impress seasoned astronomers, the STELLINA smart telescope is a perfect fit for all levels of experience.
Completely controlled through the sleek and intuitive smartphone application, “Stellinapp,” knowing nothing about the night sky is not a problem. The app is equipped with an extensive catalogue of deep-sky objects and recommendations, real-time image stacking and processing, and full GoTo functionality. Explore the universe with ease and in style with the STELLINA.
The Immediate Astrophotographer
Your path to the universe just got easier with this portable astrophotography system. Designed for simplicity and a user-friendly experience from the start, the STELLINA will get you exploring and imaging the deep sky in less than 5 minutes. Alignment, focus, target acquisition, tracking, and more, STELLINA automates it all! Choose from a list of recommended targets for your location, and this telescope will take care of the rest. It’s really that simple.
The longstanding barriers of entry into astrophotography—no matter how slight they might be--have been broken down by the STELLINA. Now everybody can be a part of this incredible hobby.
Astrophotography Made Easy
The Stellinapp smartphone application is a dream come true for astronomers around the world. Watch your incoming photos be processed and stacked as they come in, optimizing for the best possible clarity of your target while also giving you options to alter the images if desired. You won’t need to take the time deciding which object is available to image, either.
Thanks to the app’s smart recommendations based on your location and the automated weather monitor, the best possible targets are listed for you with the time needed to image them! Simply choose which target you like the most and the automatic GoTo functionality will bring you right to it. Alignment, focus, tracking, and everything else needed for proper astrophotography is built right into the STELLINA.
Gone are the longstanding barriers to astrophotography—no matter how minor they may be. Anybody from all age groups, from elementary to the elite can now capture the cosmos in a matter of minutes and spread these wonders to the world. And one of the best things about this app is that all images taken can be saved directly to your phone once you finish!
A Made-to-Measure Tripod
The perfect systems wouldn’t be complete without the perfect tripod. Vaonis has partnered with the legendary Gitzo tripod manufacturer to create a custom-designed tripod fit for the STELLINA. Inspired by Gitzo’s “Systematic” range of tripods, some of the world’s strongest and most stable tripods, the GT3520S-VS model was built from the ground up to be STELLINA's ideal partner.
The Gitzo Series 3 Systematic Tripod is an exceptional carbon fiber tripod combining minimal weight with incredible stability to bring out the best in STELLINA's performance. This ultra-portable tripod is easy to carry anywhere you want to go and can be customized in a few areas including the feet and mount plate.
Sony Sensor Made for Imaging
Just like the rest of the system, STELLINA's camera sensor is engineered with astrophotography in mind. Sony's IMX 178 sensor is a 6.4 MP chip with an extremely high resolution of 3086 x 2076 pixels. The creators at Vaonis want to make sure that every image that comes out of the STELLINA is guaranteed to look crisp even when blown up to poster size or when a small section is cropped.
On top of that, the sensor itself has a light pollution, or city light suppression (CLS), filter built onto the front. Every astronomer is keenly aware of how much an issue light pollution has become in the modern age, and this is one major factor to combat the encroaching light.
Hours of Automated Imaging
Image for as long as you can stay awake with the portable and rechargeable battery. Once the sun goes down, this 10,000mAh battery will last for up to 5 hours of active use before requiring a recharge, which is more than enough time to get some incredible images for the night. Invite your friends and family to the imaging session for an impromptu star party, and revel in the fact that one of the most complex hobbies in the world can be simply controlled by your fingertips.
Removing yet another barrier of entry, Vaonis and OPT include a 30-day trial with every STELLINA purchase! How does this work?
You are free to use the STELLINA for the entire trial period and, if for whatever reason the STELLINA is not for you, then you are free to return the product for a full refund, provided it has not been damaged and is still completely functional.
Please note: Product must be returned in it's original box with all included accessories. The customer is responsbile for all shipping charges should you request a return under the 30 day trail period.
One star fades. Another one ignites. With the arrival of Vespera, the application used to pilot Stellina has been handed over to a new generation. This evolution brings with it new features to further improve your user experience. Singularity helps you to prepare and plan your observation evenings, stay connected to sky and space news, and discover tips and tricks to get the most out of your observation station. Advanced users will enjoy new experiences via the Expert Mode. Stellinapp will no longer be supported from November 1, 2021. We do not guarantee that it will work with Stellina after this date. We invite our users to save all your images on their phone or tablet.
Singularity is not just a name change but an entirely new application. You can download it to your smartphone or tablet from the App Store or Play Store. The first time you launch Singularity you will need to create a new user account. The first time you connect to your observation station with Singularity, you will also need to update your instrument.
After this you will no longer be able to control your observation station with Stellinapp, so you can delete the old application from your devices.
The Space Center: Your New Gateway to the Stars
The application’s home screen has been completely redesigned. There are many features in addition to the controls of your telescope.
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.
Observatories as a Concept
Stellina and Vespera are designed to accompany you on your favorite observation sites, from a weekend in the country away from light pollution to clear summer nights on vacation.
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.
Before initializing Stellina / Vespera, make sure that the correct observatory is selected. If you initialize the telescope with an observatory that does not correspond to your location, it may not work properly (a notification will be sent).
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).
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).
An Improved Explorer to Help you Find your Next Target More Easily
The explorer now offers a section to regroup your favorite stars, that you observe frequently. This enables you to have them immediately at your fingertips.
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 the 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.
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.
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…
Additional Features of Singularity
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.
80 mm (3.25")
Light Gathering Power
3086 x 2076
Sony IMX 178
32 to 104 Degrees Fahrenheit
Vaonis STELLINA Observation Station.
10,000mAh Battery (Anker brand).
Carbon Fibre Tripod (Gitzo brand).
Bubble Level Plate.
3 Allen Wrenches (Hex Keys).
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