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The brand’s most advanced smart telescope yet offers much more detailed images and is ideal for astrophotographers.

Although smart telescopes have so far been primarily for observing deep-sky objects from light-polluted cities, the Vaonis Vespera Pro is one of the first to be aimed squarely at astrophotographers after a hassle-free set-up.

Due to be launched in May 2024, but on pre-order now, the key upgrades on the Vespera Pro compared to the Vespera 2 are its 12.5-megapixel camera, a massive 225GB hard disk, and 11 hours of battery life. Not only does the Vespera Pro have an upgraded sensor—thereby offering more detailed images—but it also offers many manual features that astrophotographers will love, from camera manual settings and RAW files for manual processing to calibration frames and observation scheduling.

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. On the Vespera Pro, that will mean stunning 32-megapixel images.

Full review to follow soon.

Vaonis Vespera Pro: price and availability

  • Announced at the CES Show, Las Vegas in January 2024
  • Originally on sale in May 2024
  • On sale for US$2,499 / UK£2,499 / €2,499

Vaonis Vespera Pro: electronics and battery

  • Sony Exmor IMX 676 Starvis 2 CMOS sensor
  • 225GB hard disk
  • Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery (11 hours, recharged via USB-C)

Vaonis Vespera Pro: mount and tripod

  • Motorized single-arm altazimuth GoTo
  • Adjustable tripod included
  • Built-in bubble level

Vaonis Vespera Pro: optics

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

Vaonis Vespera Pro: field of view

  • Increased to 96 x 96 arcminutes (1.6 x 1.6 degrees)
  • Coval ENS mosaics: 192 x 120 arcminutes (3.2 x 2 degrees) or 154 x 154 arcminutes (2.56 x 2.56 degrees)

Vaonis Vespera Pro: set-up and alignment

  • Hygrometer pre-installed (anti-fog system)
  • 5-minute initialization
  • Automatic pointing and tracking
  • Live auto-focus
  • Automatic enhancement (live stacking)
  • IP43 water resistant

Vaonis Vespera Pro: control and app

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

Vaonis Vespera Pro: image quality

  • 12.5 megapixels (3,536 x 3,536 pixels)
  • 8-bit JPEG, 16-bit TIFF and 16-bit FITS file types
  • Expert mode (darks, manual exposure and gain, lossless files)
  • Master dark automatic calibration (firmware update late 2024)

Vespera Pro: 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 Pro Backpack
Credit: Vaonis

Vespera Pro: specifications

PriceUS$2,499 / UK£2,499 / €2,499
Optics50mm (2-inch) apochromatic quadruplet refractor
Focal length250 mm (9.8-inch), f/5
Field of view96 x 96 arcminutes (1.6 x 1.6 degrees)
SensorSony Exmor IMX 676
Image resolution3,536 x 3,536 pixels, 12.5 megapixels
Image formatJPEG, TIFF, FITS
MountMotorized single arm, altaz, Go-To
BatteryBuilt-in lithium-ion rechargeable (11 hours)
TripodAluminum, adjustable height
App controlSingularity app for smartphones
Weight11 lbs / 5 kg
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