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An upgrade on the original Vespera, this version comes with more megapixels and a longer focal length for better solar system views.

The Vaonis Vespera 2 makes a great first smart telescope. Small, portable (just 5 kg/11 lbs), and reasonably priced, it’s nevertheless fitted with excellent optics, and its images promise a lot of detail.

Controlled by the brand’s Singularity app, the key upgrades on the Vespera 2 are increased focal length, improved focal ratio, field of view and increased resolution. Not only does the Vespera 2 have an upgraded sensor—thereby offering more detailed images—but it also has a broader field of view for better capturing the moon, the Pleiades (M45), and the Andromeda galaxy (M31).

However, one of the most exciting aspects of Vaonis smart telescopes is Coval ENS. This mosaic/panorama/field expansion mode allows users to take images with a wider field of view than the native field of view of the telescope. Within Singularity, it’s possible to highlight a region of the sky you want to image, and the telescope will go ahead and take multiple images that it then automatically digitally stitches together. That’s precisely how professional astronomers use Hubble and the James Webb Space Telescope.

Full review to follow soon.

Vaonis Vespera 2: price and availability

  • Announced at the CES Show, Las Vegas in January 2024
  • Originally on sale in January 2024
  • On sale for US$1,590 / UK£1,289 / €1,590

Vaonis Vespera 2: electronics and battery

  • Sony Exmor IMX 585 (color) CMOS sensor
  • 25GB hard disk
  • Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery (7,000mAh, 4 hours, recharged via USB-C)

Vaonis Vespera 2: mount and tripod

  • Motorized single-arm altazimuth GoTo
  • Optional tripod (any photographic tripod can be used: 3/8” thread)
Vaonis Vespera 2 tripos
Credit: Vaonis

Vaonis Vespera 2: optics

  • 2-inch/50mm apochromatic (APO) quadruple lens refractor   
  • 250mm focal length
  • f/5 focal ratio
  • No eyepiece
  • Improved field corrector
  • ultra-low dispersion Lanthanum

Vaonis Vespera 2: field of view

  • Increased to 84 x 150 arcminutes (1.4 x 2.5 degrees)
  • Coval ENS mosaics: 260 x 146 arcminutes (4.33 x 2.43 degrees) or 195 x 195 arcminutes (3.25 x 3.25 degrees)

Vaonis Vespera 2: set-up and alignment

  • 5-minute initialization
  • Automatic pointing and tracking
  • Live auto-focus
  • Automatic enhancement (live stacking)
  • IP43 water resistant

Vaonis Vespera 2: control and app

  • Singularity app
  • 4,300 objects in the catalogue
  • Observation programming
  • Connect up to 10 devices
Vaonis Vespera 2 app
Credit: Vaonis

Vespera 2: image quality

  • 8.3 megapixels (3840 x 2160 pixels)
  • 8-bit JPEG, 16-bit TIFF and 16-bit FITS file types
  • Expert mode (darks, manual exposure and gain, lossless files)

Vespera 2: optional accessories

  • Full-size tripod ($149)
  • Solar Filter ($99)
  • Light Pollution Filter ($199)
  • Dual-Band filter ($399)
  • Hygrometer sensor ($99)
  • Custom backpack ($149)
Vaonis Vespera 2 Light pollution filter
Credit: Vaonis

Vespera 2: specifications

PriceUS$1,590 / UK£1,299 / €1,596
Optics50mm (2-inch) apochromatic quadruplet refractor
Focal length250mm, 9.8-inch, f/5
Field of view150 x 84 arcminutes (2.5 x 1.4 degrees)
SensorSony Exmor IMX585
Image resolution3840 x 2,160 pixels, 8.3 megapixels
Image formatJPEG, TIFF, FITS
MountMotorized single arm, altaz, Go-To
BatteryBuilt-in lithium-ion rechargeable (4 hours)
TripodOptional
PortsUSB-C
App controlSingularity app for smartphones
Weight11 lbs / 5 kg
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