Smart telescope maker Unistellar has introduced a smart telescope that lets even users in light polluted cities and suburbs view Jupiter’s great red spot, the pink and purple colors of the Orion Nebula, our nearest stellar nursery, and the Whirlpool Galaxy colliding with a smaller nearby galaxy. Benefiting from the latest advancements in optics and image processing, the next-generation eQuinox 2, says the company, extends Unistellar’s range and capabilities to empower new audiences to discover the universe in as little as two minutes, even from light polluted cities.
“The eQuinox 2 smart telescope puts incredible power in the hands of the general public and inspires a new generation of urban stargazers who can now enjoy an amazing voyage to the universe from their balcony and within minutes,” says Laurent Marfisi, co-founder and CEO of Unistellar. “Thanks to its unique technologies and its smart design choices, we are putting space within reach from anywhere, even from light-polluted cities. Now, novice stargazers and amateur astronomers can enjoy stunning clarity, color, and hard to see details like the striking colors of the Dumbbell Nebula.”
eQuinox 2 features the company’s Smart Light Pollution Reduction, which digitally removes negative effects of light pollution, to enable users in heavily urban settings to view distant reaches of the galaxy and beyond, in incredible details and striking colors. Users will enjoy unprecedented observations previously inaccessible to amateur astronomers, says the company.
The telescopes Enhanced Vision technology reveals live, sharp, detailed high-resolution images in vibrant color of even faint targets. The company’s state-of-the-art live image processing advancements are offered as providing a unique experience for users, stacking and live processing the images observed by the telescope to increase the contrast and colors of the images captured, revealing comet Neowise’s tail and the rings of Saturn.
eQuinox 2 also enhances the observation of solar system planets, such as Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars. For example, within a few seconds, urban stargazers can witness the great red spot of Jupiter and its colored bands.
With the eQuinox 2, says the company, even telescope novices can find themselves observing astronomical phenomena in minutes thanks to a smart telescope 100 percent controlled by a mobile or tablet application. Users can browse a catalog of over 5,000 celestial objects or get suggestions of interest from the device. The eQuinox 2 uses its Autonomous Field Detection – industry’s simplest and most powerful smart orientation technology for telescopes – to orient itself automatically, even when few stars are visible, as it is usually the case from cities, to clearly pinpoint, focus and track its target.
The company has a community of more than 10,000 citizen astronomers across the globe, where eQuinox 2 users can participate in missions and contribute directly to cutting-edge science in partnership with leading professional organizations, including the SETI Institute and NASA. The eQuinox 2 smart telescope will retail for $2,499, with pre-sales starting January 3 and global availability early 2023.