A new smart telescope design has been created called the eVscope which provides users with a hundred times more power than that of a classical telescope and offers a number of smart features to help you search and discover interesting areas of the night sky you would have previously missed. Using a smartphone companion application areas of interest within the night sky can be easily accessed and a partnership with the SETI Institute allows you to leveraged the power of your telescope to contribute to space science and research. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the eVscope Smart Telescope which has raised more than $1.7 million via Kickstarter with still 15 days remaining on its campaign.
Learn more about the telescope’s campaign mode which helps the SETI Institute and connects you to the worldwide scientific community.
Unistellar’s Enhanced Vision is a patent-pending technology that is based on the accumulation of light over short periods of time using a low light sensor, as well as on our proprietary algorithms of image processing that run on an on-board calculation module. The resulting amplified image is projected at infinite focus into the eye of the observer with 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, creating a genuine and live experience of sky observation. Sensor settings and image processing parameters are automatically adjusted.
The Autonomous Field Detection (AFD) software is a patent-pending high accuracy sky recognition and telescope orientation technology. It automatically detects stars in the field of view and identifies its pointing direction by a comparison with a 20 million star coordinates database. Coupled with magneto-accelerometers and with a motorized mount, AFD allows the eVscope to automatically align with celestial coordinates and accurately pinpoint and identify any object in the sky. Anytime, users can get contextual information on the pointed objects on their smartphone.
Campaign mode is developed in partnership with SETI Institute to allow every eVscope user to become a citizen scientist. In the case of an upcoming transient event (asteroid flyby, supernova, comets, transits of satellites,…), you will receive an observation request from scientists directly on your smartphone. Coordinates and instructions are wirelessly transferred to the eVscope, which will automatically point the astronomical event and connect the eVscope with a network of thousands of users all contributing to scientific research.