Unistellar eQuinox 2 smart telescope review

The eQuinox 2 is a smart telescope that will allow absolute beginners to view and image galaxies and nebulae wirelessly in minutes

Unistellar eQuinox 2 telescope
(Image: © Jason Parnell-Brookes / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

If you want a smart telescope that will do it all for you and image at the same time, then it’s hard to go wrong with the eQuinox 2. But traditionalists might find it a bit frustrating because of the requirement to synchronize the telescope with the Unistellar app - through which all operating, photographing, and viewing is completed. However, for the price, speed, and ease of setup, we think you’d be hard-pressed to find another telescope that can do everything the eQuinox 2 does.


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    Elegant minimalist design

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    Astrophotography is fast and easy

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    Gorgeous black and grey finish

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    Very easy and fast to set up


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    Poor resolution compared to mirrorless cameras

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    Must use a smartphone to operate

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    Doesn’t orientate unless very dark

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    Tricky to travel with, without backpack

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Many photographers love to image the night sky and taking long exposures on a wide-angle lens is an affordable way to do so. However, deep sky photography is a real treat but it’s relatively complex when dealing with star trackers and camera adapters. That’s where the Unistellar eQuinox 2 comes in. The second in the eQuinox series this smart telescope navigates to and zooms into the most distant galaxies and nebulae for impressive views. Not only that, but the telescope also photographs the views for you. In its database, there are over 5000 celestial objects and over 37 million stars which it can automatically slew to.

A simple set-up that will be familiar to any photographer with a tripod, it’s quick to get started and there’s almost no prerequisite knowledge of the night sky needed (except to use the telescope when it’s dark and cloudless). An improved 6.2MP image sensor gives decent images of the stars and if you pack it away in the proprietary backpack it’s handily convenient to travel to locations with.

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Jase Parnell-Brookes

Jase Parnell-Brookes is an award-winning photographer, educator and writer based in the UK. They won the Gold Prize award in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. After completing their Masters Jase has spent a good chunk of two decades studying and working in photography and optics shooting and writing all over the world for big-name brands and media outlets. Now the Channel Editor for Cameras and Skywatching at Space.com their speciality is in low light optics and camera systems.