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A full review of the Dwarf II Smart Telescope will follow, but for now, here’s a preview and some early thoughts.

If you fancy taking images of deep-sky objects like galaxies, star clusters and nebulae but your budget is tight, the Dwarf II smart telescope is designed for you. However, you’ll need to be comfortable with a much more manual and more limited experience than you’ll get from other smart telescopes.

Dwarf II Smart Telescope: Overview

You need to know that the Dwarf II is very different from its rival smart telescopes. Compared to its rivals eVscope and Vaonis it’s tiny. At a mere 2.4 lbs/1 kg it’s barely a fifth of the mass of the next smallest smart telescope, the Vanois Vespera. It’s also a lot more affordable, costing US$395/£314. However, it’s got half the aperture and focal length of the Vespera, so it collects a lot less light and doesn’t deal in close-ups. 

Dwarf II Smart Telescope: Optics

DWARF II has two cameras: a wide-angle camera and a telephoto camera. Its wide-angle camera is for finding targets and its telephoto is for relative close-ups, though either can be used to take images. 

Like any other smart telescope, it can automatically track the stars, rotating around the altitude and azimuth along the movement of stars. It then stacks multiple images to produce a bright and clear image. Although it’s motorized, it pitches 240° and rotates through 340º, so it can’t point straight up.

Dwarf II Smart Telescope: Imaging

What really makes DWARF II different from other smart telescopes is that you get a fixed list of targets you can image – and it’s relatively small. The list includes:

NGC2264 (Christmas Tree Cluster) 

NGC5128 (Centaurus A Galaxy) 

NGC6960 (Veil Nebula) 

NGC1499 (California Nebula) 

M6 (Butterfly Cluster) 

M7 (Ptolemy Cluster) 

M8 (Lagoon Nebula) 

M16 (Eagle Nebula) 

M17 (Omega Nebula) 

M20 (Trifid Nebula) 

M41 (Little Beehive Cluster) 

M42 (Orion Nebula) 

M44 (Beehive Cluster) 

M45 (The Pleiades) 

M81 (Bode’s Galaxy) 

M101 (Pinwheel Galaxy) 

IC4604 (Rho Ophiuchi) 

Of course, these sights are seasonal, so not observable all year. It manages eight-megapixel images for telephoto and two megapixels for wide images, storing everything in JPG, PNG and RAW (TIFF) formats. 

As well as being able to image celestial objects, the Dwarf II can take photos and videos of birds and other animals during daylight, which is something extra not offered by other smart telescopes.  

The Classic Edition package includes a small tripod, a sleeve case, a spare battery and a 64 GB micro SD card. A variety of accessories are also sold, including a UHC (Ultra High Contrast) filter, ND filters and a filter adapter. 

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Dwarf II Smart Telescope: specifications

PriceClassic edition package US$459.00 / UK£369.00 / €430.95
Optics24 mm (1 inch) refractor
Focal length100 mm, f4.2 (Tele), f2.4 (Wide)
Field of view180 x 180 to 3000 x 3000 arcminutes (3-50 degrees)
SensorSony Starvis IMX415
Image resolution3,864 x 2,192 pixels, 8 Megapixel (Tele),  2 Megapixel (Wide)
Image formatJPEG, TIFF, FITS
MountMotorized, altaz, Go-To
Battery5600mAh (supports external USB charging)
Tripod13-17 cm / 0.51-0.67 inches (1/4 inch thread)
PortsUSB-C (for power) and micro SD slot
App controlDwarflab app for smartphones
Weight2.4 lbs / 1 kg
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