An unusual Unistellar eVscope eQuinox telescope came to my review. Its peculiarity lies in the fact that it is a fully digital telescope with a built-in camera. The user is invited to observe the image of space objects on the screen of a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). At the same time, the telescope independently adds images of objects in real time, so that after a few tens of seconds, signal accumulation and noise reduction become noticeable. There is even such a type of astronomical observations – Electronic Assisted Astronomy (EAA, or “electronic assisted astronomy”, or “astronomy using electronics”). The Unistellar eVscope eQuinox is also interesting in that it is not at all necessary to know the bright stars and constellations for the initial reference in the sky – the telescope itself will take pictures of several areas of the night sky, detect the captured stars and then it will already understand in which direction it is directed and where to look for other objects. Advanced astrophotographers probably know this feature called “plate solving”. The telescope does not have an eyepiece, but the older version of the eVscope 2 has an OLED viewfinder, like on video cameras or mirrorless cameras, replacing the traditional eyepiece. I want to warn you right away that a smartphone or tablet on the Android or iOS platform is required to control the telescope.
The development of this telescope was carried out for more than three years and went from several prototypes to a fully completed commercial device. The developers collected money for the development of the project on the well-known Kickstarter site.
Also, owners of Unistellar telescopes are invited to join the Citizen Science social network, conduct joint observations with other amateurs, and even work in collaboration with professional astronomers. The idea is very interesting. Well, let’s take a closer look at the telescope.
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