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#1 JMKarian

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Posted 19 October 2019 - 07:53 PM

Read an article in the Wall Street Journal today  about an app connected consumer imaging telescope (Stellina telescope from Vaonis.com)

 

How neat would it be for Questar to come out with a similar product?  An on-board Sony sensor which would be engaged by flipping the Barlow toggle in the other direction.  They could have an app “QueSTAR”, which would be available on the App Store  which could control exposure, allow monitoring of the imaging on a phone/tablet , and even provide image processing.  It would have a re-chargeable battery pack, and could all be fitted in the standard Q 3.5 base.  

 

It would be akin to when the Leica M series cameras were electronically updated for exposure/etc.   - the best of both worlds so to speak.  

 

I can dream . . . Can’t I?

 

 

 

 



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Posted 19 October 2019 - 09:23 PM

Similar, perhaps https://unistellaroptics.com/product/



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Posted 26 October 2019 - 10:35 PM

  "Thousands of eVscope users around the world."  Then, "launch date, Feb 2020."  $3000 for something that looks like it cost $199.00.  What a scam.

Here's their "corporate office" in San Francisco:

 

https://tinyurl.com/y243w5hm


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#4 JamesMStephens

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Posted 27 October 2019 - 02:21 PM

  "Thousands of eVscope users around the world."  Then, "launch date, Feb 2020."  $3000 for something that looks like it cost $199.00.  What a scam.

Here's their "corporate office" in San Francisco:

 

https://tinyurl.com/y243w5hm

I have my doubts as to whether this isanything more than a prepackaged video enhanced scope, but take a look at this before passing judgement https://www.scienced...094576519312950


Edited by JamesMStephens, 27 October 2019 - 02:22 PM.


#5 Steve C.

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Posted 27 October 2019 - 02:34 PM

What I wonder about scopes like the eV is whether the cost will scare novices.  

 

A common question at outreach events after they've looked at the Moon or Saturn or a crowd-pleaser DSO is "Hey, do you mind me asking? How much does something like this cost?"

 

And I'm always happy to tell them, whether I've got the Celestron or the Questar or Tak with me, and their reaction is quite often 'Wow!', but I always add that you can buy a scope that will show you everything this one does for just a few hundred dollars, and I point them to a 6" or 8" Dob.  I don't want to discourage them.

 

Well, if the eVscope delivers those fascinating images electronically, I know the Dob won't come close to delivering that without adding some EAA or Night Vision equipment.  I think if these become common at outreach events, patrons will look at the pretty pictures and and that will be it.  

 

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Posted 27 October 2019 - 08:12 PM

I have read the article, and I have to admit I am apprehensive when all of the source material and footnotes referenced in the article are from the same source as the article itself.

Has anyone *not* associated with this company used this device?

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 02:41 PM

I have my doubts as to whether this isanything more than a prepackaged video enhanced scope, but take a look at this before passing judgement https://www.scienced...094576519312950

$50 optics set a sensor and a driven mount with (probably) a GPS.  $3000?  BTW, I tried to download a full-sized image from the paper and it downloaded the same size (postage stamp) as the one shown on  the page.  They did have some kind of close-up image and it looked dreadful, with trailed star images and it was pixelated.  The sensor is something like you'd find in a  $50 P&S camera.


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Posted 09 November 2019 - 01:10 PM

What I wonder about scopes like the eV is whether the cost will scare novices.  

 

A common question at outreach events after they've looked at the Moon or Saturn or a crowd-pleaser DSO is "Hey, do you mind me asking? How much does something like this cost?"

 

And I'm always happy to tell them, whether I've got the Celestron or the Questar or Tak with me, and their reaction is quite often 'Wow!', but I always add that you can buy a scope that will show you everything this one does for just a few hundred dollars, and I point them to a 6" or 8" Dob.  I don't want to discourage them.

 

Well, if the eVscope delivers those fascinating images electronically, I know the Dob won't come close to delivering that without adding some EAA or Night Vision equipment.  I think if these become common at outreach events, patrons will look at the pretty pictures and and that will be it.  

 

Thoughts?

 

I'm an early backer awaiting mine to come soon. I love the haters, they just don't get the idea of this scope. We KNOW it can't compete with "regular" astrophotography. It's not meant to. The scope has been in beta testers hands for about a month now. They've been demoing the scope for quite a while now as well all over the world. I can't wait to get mine soon.  I've had a number of "regular" scopes over the years and currently have a Nexstar 5.



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 09:24 PM

I'm an early backer awaiting mine to come soon. I love the haters, they just don't get the idea of this scope. We KNOW it can't compete with "regular" astrophotography. It's not meant to. The scope has been in beta testers hands for about a month now. They've been demoing the scope for quite a while now as well all over the world. I can't wait to get mine soon.  I've had a number of "regular" scopes over the years and currently have a Nexstar 5.

Post something under EAA when you get the scope.




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