Telescope

Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope Review

While most people have gotten their heads glued down to their screens in the past 23 months, others have looked up to the skies for a reprieve from the concerns on terra firma. Different people have taken up different hobbies to cope with the pandemic, and some have invested not only time but money in observing and capturing the night skies from their yards or gardens. Astrophotography and stargazing are not exactly beginner-friendly activities, especially if you have neither equipment nor clue. "Smart" telescopes were born from a need to address both concerns, and the Vaonis Stellina is one of the latest to sell that idea to a hobbyist market. Read on to find out how it fared in our tests.

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Unistellar eVscope 2 telescope Review

Unistellar eVscope 2 telescope Review

Over the past couple of weeks I've been using the Unistellar eVscope 2 whenever possible. On clear nights, I've brought this smart telescope outside to bear witness to the stars and our nearby moon. With this device, I was given the ability to not only manually seek and find bits of our solar system, I was able to command the device to seek and find constellations and space objects with the device's automatic detection and motorized mount.

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NASA’s Roman Space Telescope has some huge questions to answer

NASA’s Roman Space Telescope has some huge questions to answer

In the next few years, NASA will launch the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, opening the door to new observations and a better understanding of the universe. The upcoming Roman Space Telescope will eclipse Hubble when it comes to the field of view, offering around 100 times larger panoramas while still utilizing around the same degree of image resolution and sharpness.

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This balloon telescope sails above Earth to capture Hubble-like images

This balloon telescope sails above Earth to capture Hubble-like images

The Royal Astronomical Society has introduced SuperBIT, a new balloon-based telescope that, it says, will fly to the verge edge of Earth's atmosphere to capture high-quality space images. SuperBIT is a joint effort between NASA, the Canadian Space Agency, Durham University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto.

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NASA NEO Surveyor space telescope moves into its next phase

NASA NEO Surveyor space telescope moves into its next phase

NASA announced on Friday that it has approved a new infrared space telescope called the Near-Earth Object Surveyor or NEO Surveyor. The telescope moves to the next step of mission deployment at the JPL after a successful review moved the project past the preliminary design phase. NEO Surveyor was a mission proposed to help discover and characterize near-earth objects that could be potentially hazardous to the Earth.

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La Silla Observatory gets a new telescope

La Silla Observatory gets a new telescope

The European Southern Observatory facility called the La Silla Observatory in Chile has a new telescope that is now up and working. The telescope is called Test-Bed Telescope 2 or TBT2. TBT2 is a 56cm telescope and has an identical counterpart at the ESA deep-space ground station at Cebreros in Spain. The two telescopes are precursors to a planned "Flyeye" telescope network.

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LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, Hubble get checked by Dr. Kathy Sullivan

LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, Hubble get checked by Dr. Kathy Sullivan

Former astronaut and history-maker Dr. Kathy Sullivan joined NASA for an inspection of the next major LEGO set. This is the LEGO NASA Space Shuttle Discovery, complete with built-in and deployable Hubble Space Telescope. As part of the NASA STS-31 mission, Dr. Sullivan played an essential part in the planning of Hubble and deployment of the space telescope with Discovery. Now she's here to make sure the LEGO set is on-point.

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The University of Arizona is building mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope

The University of Arizona is building mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope

Researchers at the University of Arizona are working on massive mirrors that will make it easier for telescopes to peer deep into space. The mirror being worked on by the University will be used in the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) that's under construction in Chile. Despite being a terrestrial telescope, thanks in part to the new mirrors, the GMT will view the heavens more clearly and see deeper into the cosmos than the Hubble Space Telescope.

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Red supergiant’s dim history unraveled by Hubble Space Telescope

Red supergiant’s dim history unraveled by Hubble Space Telescope

NASA researchers have published a new study that sheds light on the reason why the red supergiant VY Canis Majoris has grown dim, citing a phenomenon similar to the one that caused Betelgeuse to grow temporarily dim last year. The new findings were made possible using data gathered by the aging Hubble Space Telescope.

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Canon 5D Mark III mounted on a satellite snaps photos of earth

Canon 5D Mark III mounted on a satellite snaps photos of earth

There's a Canon camera on a satellite right now that you can use to "take photos" of Earth. This camera is part of an interactive demonstration of the powers of the camera - coupled with a 40cm telescope - pointed at our planet. The camera that's mounted to the company's CE-SAT-I satellite is a "lightly modified" Canon 5D Mark III DSLR.

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China now has the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

China now has the world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

The iconic Arecibo radio telescope had another cable snap recently, resulting in the complete collapse and destruction of the telescope. It was the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, but with its demise, China now lays claim to that title. The Chinese Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) is now the largest and last massive single-dish radio telescope globally.

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