Hestia launches world's first mobile phone-based 25x star spotter

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Hestia mobile phone stargazing device, or telescope, is the world's first mobile phone-based star spotter from Vaonis, the company behind the Stellina and Vespera smart telescopes.

It works when you lay your mobile phone into the cradle, which is suited for most modern mobile phones. My Motorola on+ worked fine but Hestia is compatible with all current and future smartphones thanks to a system of removable magnets. This gives the version on display at CES 2024 a future-proof feel which will be achieved without the need to throw out and replace the whole unit. 

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Dan M Lee
Pro Travel and Adventure Photographer, Educator and Author

Dan M Lee is a professional travel and adventure photographer who has shared his knowledge with hundreds of individuals through his in-person wilderness photography training and thousands more through his writing. That includes a book, Creating Photography: The Professional Edge but the way to get involved is to join him on an expedition via kodiakphotoworkshop.com.

Dan has a broad range of photographic interests – and tech enthusiasm – which he can trace back to his first job, while still at school, in a photography shop in England. He has since been lured across the Atlantic to New York City where he undertakes commissions for numerous publishers.

His extensive traveling means he can be out of his home for more than half the year, which has also seen him develop an interest in smart security systems.

He is also a regular on the Not The Gear and The Grumpy Photographer podcasts.