The Stellina telescope has no traditional eyepiece, and instead delivers gorgeous images direct to the owner’s smartphone or tablet, and is entirely controlled and pointed via an app.
Anyone can become a skywatcher, using their Stellina to spot galaxies, stars, planets or moons and sharing their results with friends online, turning astronomy into a truly social activity ready for a broader, modern audience.
Weighing only 7 kg and fitting into a backback, it is easy to take along on camping trips or carry on board a flight.
Once connected to a smart phone or tablet, an observer simply selects from a variety of targets, ranging from stars, nearby nebula or entire galaxies to our closest neighbour, the moon. Stellina will then find and image the selection. The final images are sent to the connected device for viewing and convenient sharing on social media with friends and fellow astrophotographers.
it won the CES 2018 Innovation Award in the Digital Imaging category, at the international CES technology show in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, in January.
Now on sale from the prestigious MoMA Design Store, sales in Europe are planned later this year.
The Stellina maker, Vaonis, was founded in 2016 and is now hosted at ESA’s Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Sud France at their Montpellier incubator. To date, the 18 ESA BICs have fostered over 600 start-ups, helping create thousands of new jobs in Europe, with some 150 new start-ups joining each year.
More information on Stellina can be found here.