Unistellar eVscope eQuinox smart telescope review

Who needs a telescope with an eyepiece when a built-in camera can get you images of bright galaxies, nebulae and star clusters from light-polluted urban skies?

Unistellar eVscope eQuinox
(Image: © Jamie Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Easy to set-up and offering first-rate views of deep sky objects from light-polluted areas, the eVscope eQuinox hugely impresses despite swapping an eyepiece for a smartphone app.


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    Deals well with light pollution

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    Self-aligning software

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    Bright, colorful 4.8 megapixel images

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    Superb build quality


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    Narrow field of view

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    App sometimes stalls

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A 'smart telescope' that swaps an eyepiece for a Sony IMX224 CMOS image sensor seems an awful lot like a camera, right? Except that the Unistellar eVscope eQuinox, an update of the original eVscope, is simply about creating a telescope that actually works well under light-polluted skies than it is about being the best telescope for astrophotography

However, that changed slightly during our review. While we were testing this 4.5-inch reflector telescope a firmware update increased the resolution of its deep-sky astrophotos from a shareable 1.27 megapixels to a much more serious-sounding 4.8 megapixels. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.