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 the Unistellar eQuinox, Unistellar eQuinox 2, and Unistellar eVscope 2 digital telescopes. By the end of this article, you'll have a better understanding of which telescope suits your needs best.
Who is Unistellar?
Unistellar is a French manufacturer of digital telescopes founded in 2015. The company has created a new category of powerful and simple-to-operate smart telescopes.
Unistellar's partnerships with renowned scientific organizations such as the SETI Institute and AAVSO, allows users to contribute to cutting-edge research on exoplanets, asteroids, comets, and much more.
Unistellar has received 2 CES awards: A CES 2022 Innovation Award in the Digital Imaging category for the Unistellar eVscope 2 and a CES Innovation Award in 2018 in the Tech for a Better World category for the Unistellar eVscope. The eVscope was also nominated for a SXSW 2019 Innovation Award.
If you are looking for a quick snapshot of the key specification differences, you can refer to the Unistellar comparison chart below.
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 which 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
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 x 47 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
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.
So, which Unistellar model should you choose?
When it comes to optical performance, the Unistellar eQuinox, eQuinox 2, and eVscope 2 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 set up in different locations. All models weigh just 9 kg (19.8 lb).
The major consideration for most shoppers is affordability. The original eQuinox is 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 to justify the higher price tag.
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.
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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