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Unistellar Smart Telescope Comparison: eQuinox, eVscope, Odyssey

Unistellar Comparison: eQuinox vs eQuinox 2 vs eVscope 2

AstroTelescopium Team |

If you are an astronomy enthusiast looking for a high-quality digital telescope, this article is for you. In this product comparison, we will explore the key features and differences between Unistellar's eQuinox, eQuinox 2, eVscope 2, Odyssey, and Odyssey Pro smart telescopes. By the end of this article, you'll have a better understanding of which telescope suits your needs best.

 

Who is Unistellar?

Unistellar, a French company established in 2015, specializes in manufacturing digital telescopes. Their innovation lies in creating a line of powerful yet user-friendly smart telescopes.

What sets Unistellar apart is its collaborations with esteemed scientific institutions like the SETI Institute and AAVSO. These partnerships empower users to actively contribute to cutting-edge research, delving into areas such as exoplanets, asteroids, comets, and more.

Unistellar's accomplishments include receiving two CES awards over the years. In 2022, the Unistellar eVscope 2 earned the CES Innovation Award in the Digital Imaging category. In 2018, the Unistellar eVscope received a CES Innovation Award in the Tech for a Better World category. Notably, the eVscope was also a nominee for a SXSW 2019 Innovation Award.

 

Comparison Chart

If you are looking for a quick reference of the key specification differences, please see the Unistellar comparison chart outlined below.

Unistellar comparison chart

 

Unistellar eQuinox

 eQuinox

The eQuinox uses a proprietary image stacking algorithm that compensates for field rotation and corrects for light pollution. The internal sensor solves for the best combination of resolution and sensitivity for capturing and processing quality images, no camera necessary.

This model has a 4.9 Mpx image resolution sensor and a 27 x 37 arcmin field of view.

Unistellar's system recognizes objects by comparing what it sees with a coordinates database of 37 million stars. This feature allows for extremely accurate automated tracking.

With a catalog of over 5,000 objects from which to choose, users can access the Unistellar app on their mobile device or tablet in order to learn more about, and to identify cosmic objects based on the users specific location.

 

Unistellar eQuinox 2

eQuinox 2

Stepping up from the 4.9 Mpx resolution of the eQuinox, the eQuinox 2 provides images that are 27% more detailed because of its 6.2 Mpx higher-resolution sensor.

Additionally, the eQuinox 2 is equipped with a wider field of view (FOV) than the original eQuinox at 34.2 x 45.6 arcmin. With this increased FOV you are able to fit wider celestial objects in a single observation view such as the full Moon (~30 arcmin) and a number of wider galaxies.

Along with the 37 million star database and 5,000+ celestial object catalog that the original eQuinox offers, the eQuinox 2 uses a proprietary deep dark technology that drastically limits the impact of light pollution and ensures distant objects are observed in crisp detail, even from bright urban environments.

 

Unistellar eVscope 2

eVscope 2

The eVscope 2 differentiates itself by surpassing the boundary of detail, offering an even higher resolution than the eQuinox 2 at 7.7Mpx vs. 6.2.

Additionally, unlike the eQuinox 2, the eVscope 2 features a Nikon eyepiece that combines a sophisticated lens assembly with OLED micro-display technology for ultra-high contrast.

With its enhanced imaging capabilities and its Nikon eyepiece technology, the eVscope 2 allows you to capture deep-sky objects in incredible detail and provides immersive views of the night sky.

 

Unistellar Odyssey

Unistellar Odyssey

The Odyssey smart telescopes are the more compact versions of their predecessors. Both Odyssey and Odyssey pro models are considered discovery range (150 million visible stars) while the eQuinox and eVscope are considered expert range (300 million visible stars).

With its sleek compact design, Odyssey delivers 3.4 Mpx image resolution and achieves a 17.2 limiting magnitude. It pushes the boundaries by utilizing multi-depth technology to allow observers to seamlessly view both nearby planets and far-away galaxies.

Odyssey is the first range of mirror telescopes that do not require complicated manual alignment or calibration due to its Nikon High-Precision Optics. Additionally, its proprietary Stellar Autofocus is a specific autofocus mode that ensures perfect sharpness throughout astronomical observations.

 

Unistellar Odyssey Pro

Unistellar Odyssey pro

Stepping up to the Odyssey Pro features Nikon eyepiece technology similar to the eVscope 2. As mentioned, this eyepiece combines a sophisticated lens assembly with OLED micro-display technology for ultra-high contrast.

The image resolution with the Odyssey Pro improves to 4.1 Mpx vs the 3.4 Mpx delivered by the Odyssey. However, the field of view remains the same as the Odyssey at 33.6 x 45 arcmin.

Unistellar's Odyssey product line is the perfect answer for beginner astronomers who are looking to start exploring the Universe and create lifelong memories.

 

So, which Unistellar model should you choose?

When it comes to optical performance, the Unistellar eQuinox, eQuinox 2, and eVscope 2, Odyssey and Odyssey Pro telescopes are all exceptional choices. Equipped with advanced optics, these telescopes offer crisp and clear views of celestial objects.

In terms of portability, these telescopes are designed to be lightweight and compact, making them easy to transport and to set up in different locations. While the eQuinox and eVscope models weigh just 9 kg (19.8 lb), the Odyssey models weigh slightly less at 6.5 kg (14.3 lb).

The eQuinox 2 and eVscope 2 surpass the Odyssey models in terms of showing a greater amount of visible stars, having a longer battery life, and providing a wider field of view. However, you certainly won't be disappointed with the overall performance and observational usage of the more compact models.

An additional advantage offered by the Odyssey models is the elimination of the need for collimation, which involves making adjustments to the telescope's mirrors.

A major consideration for most shoppers is affordability. The original eQuinox is currently the most affordable option, making it a great choice for beginners or for those on a budget.

If you are looking to make a long term investment and can comfortably afford the $4,899 price tag of the eVscope 2, you will be getting the model with the highest quality optical features and advanced technology that justifies the higher price tag. The Odyssey Pro is roughly $1,000 less and a bit easier to store.

However, if that is not within your budget, the eQuinox 2 is a clear step up from the original eQuinox. It is also $2,400 less expensive than the flagship eVscope 2. For the same price point as the eQuinox 2, is the Odyssey.

We hope this article has given you some additional insight that will help you make a more informed decision. With any significant purchase, it is important to consider your options carefully, do your research diligently and then decide what is best for you. Please don't hesitate to connect with a member of our team if you have any additional questions.

 

 

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