I was fully aware of the delay involved with ordering my Stellina due to the state of the pandemic. OPT was good about updating the status of when delivery would take place. The wait of five months was well worth it. My Stellina arrived in a very secure box and in perfect shape. Of course, the best experience was using my Stellina. I'm a long-time stargazer with multiple scopes. I've tried to hunt down deep sky objects over the years with limited success. In just two sessions, I was in awe of viewing M106, the Leo Triplet, M87, M13, & the Lagoon Nebula! The waning crescent Moon was knockout wonderful (despite clouds rolling in and out). No, it's not met for planetary viewing but I sure wish I had Stellina during the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction to get an image of them. Stellina has its critics but, as far as I am concerned, it will meet the needs of a broader public. We need more people involved with astronomy and Stellina helps expand that audience.I look forward to a lifetime of personal enjoyment and with sharing my images to others.
It was a bit of a mission to actually receive my Stellina but OPT came through eventually. I acknowledged, some time ago, that my skills with a manually controlled scope were poor so I’ve waited until something came to market to compensate for my shortcomings - Stellina hits the spot nicely. After unpacking, charging up the power pack, inserting a flash drive and starting up the app I waited for a clear night sky. 5 days passed before the weather cleared and gave me a 40 minute window with relatively clear skies and I rushed into the garden with scope and tripod already assembled. The app wanted to initialise the scope which took about 10-15 minutes so I stood and shivered until complete. My first target was The Pinwheel Galaxy which was directly above me. I had no great expectations since I reckoned I had only minutes of viewing time available but it was worth a try. I was blown away. In no more than 6 minutes Stellina had captured > 30 frames and the galaxy was clearly visible even in that short amount of time - then it started to rain. The JPEG shot on my iPhone was impressive and the JPEG’s + Fits were successfully stored on the flash drive for me to play with later. Obviously Stellina needs some more time than I had available to me but I can’t wait for the opportunity to really put it through it’s paces - based on the one very short attempt I had, I am confident that great things will happen in the future. Crucially for me, everything was automated and the combined team of the scope + app has completely compensated for my astrophotography inadequacies. Now I need to learn how to post process the photos .........
This system is out of this world. I had my entire family on our back deck 10 iPhones/iPads wified into Stellina. I am the control unit & slew to M-13. As I talk about the glob, they are receiving sequences of images which look better with every update. In 15 minutes, they have frameable art on their phones. All done in a suburban, light- polluted Skies!!! Light frames, darks, plate solved and stacked automatically. Plus, I have 30-40 fits files to compose myself. What an astronomy class we had.
As a total neophyte I am incredibly impressed with this device. I’m only in my third session and have gotten real good results right out of the box. There’s a good fb group of users to provide insight into use. The cons first. The bubble level could be extended further away from the scope for easier leveling which is important. It really doesn’t take good images of planets but deep space images are remarkable. The pros are ease of use and the remarkable images it creates with minimal effort
I initially was drawn to the Stellina by the simplicity of use and the quality of the images that are displayed in their advertising. I decided to save up and finally purchased the instrument. Although I have only had Stellina for a short while, it seems to live up to the manufactures claims. The major difference is that I am not looking through an eyepiece searching for a tiny object in the sky. I would have to purchase an extremely large and expensive telescope to be able to see in great detail most of the images that I can capture with Stellina. The time that I have spent waiting for the object to be displayed has been spent in learning about astronomy and having good discussions with family and friends - a very valuable use of my time. OPT have provided excellent service with a prompt delivery and have answered my questions quickly and accurately, Highly recommended. Paul Hart