Since the onset of the health crisis that has shaken the entire world, sales of astronomy instruments have never been stronger. And for good reason! Requirements to stay at home and limitations on travel, coupled with a desire for the countryside and getting back to nature, people need to escape now more than ever...safely. Where is their new playing field? The starry skies. A French startup specialized in manufacturing astronomy instruments, Vaonis
has observed that the number of uses, shared photos, and orders has more than doubled since the beginning of confinement.
The young gem in Montpellier’s startup community, seeking to revolutionize the world of astronomy by making it accessible to all, now announces the creation of its second product – a smaller version of its Stellina smart telescope designed for an even broader target audience.
“Stellina, our first revolution, met with worldwide success as soon as it was launched. This year, we are placing all the technology embedded in Stellina within everyone’s reach with our new product,” explains Cyril Dupuy, founder of Vaonis.
Weighing less than 5 kg, Stellina’s younger sibling will cost “less than an iPhone.” The new product represents a technical and industrial feat given its technology that combines optics, electronics, high-precision mechanics, and the market’s most cutting-edge embedded intelligence. While Stellina will hold its position as an offering for the high-end segment, Vespera targets a much broader audience. Small but powerful, the smaller telescope is designed for all astronomy fans, notably thanks to its ease-of-use and companion mobile application. With setup that takes just a few minutes, users can observe galaxies and nebulae hidden in the night sky and easily share their photos on social networks. Not only is it the smallest smart telescope in the world, but the new Vespera is the only instrument that offers a shared and interactive experience of the stars, while respecting all precautions imposed by the Covid epidemic by enabling observation on the user’s smartphone.
To fund the production line for its new creation, Vaonis decided to take advantage of the renowned KickStarter crowdfunding platform. Pre-orders began on October 1, 2020, in Europe and North America, the company’s main market. Delivery is planned for around Christmas time next year.
To celebrate its KickStarter launch, Vaonis will work with the many influencers who have supported the startup since the beginning. The company will also present its collaboration with the famous American astronauts Scott Kelly and Terry Virts.