The Vaonis Hestia telescope could be the ultimate smartphone accessory for astronomy novices

We’re still reveling in Perseids meteor shower glory, so naturally a project from an established telescope maker has caught our attention. The Vaonis Hestia ‘smart’ telescope is one to watch, with its Kickstarter finishing on August 17.  

So far, more than 10,000 people have backed the Hestia to the tune of over $2.5 million, and there’s every reason to believe this compelling cameraphone accessory – which Vaonis describes as the first-ever smartphone-based telescope – will find its way into the hands of backers, given that the company has already delivered two ambitious telescopes to market, namely the Vespera and Stellina. 

But what is Hestia, and why is it such an exciting prospect? 

Vaonis Hestia smart telescope mounted to tripod and pointed up to the night sky

(Image credit: Vaonis)

Stargazing for all


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