Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope review

The Vaonis Stellina is the first phone-scope that stacks 6MP images of galaxies, planets and more

Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope
(Image: © Vaonis)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Capable of some remarkable images and so easy to control, this smartphone-centric telescope’s only issue is a short WiFi range


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    + Easy to use

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    + Very precise tracking

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    + Incredible with faint objects

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    + Built-in light pollution filter


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    Slow set-up

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    Unreliable WiFi

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    Kills user’s night vision

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A telescope without an eyepiece? There are plenty of affordable backyard telescopes for astrophotography or observation that will find galaxies, star clusters and nebula for you automatically, but they all have one thing in common; you have to look through them. Not so the French-designed Vaonis Stellina Smart Telescope, the world’s first ‘smart telescope’ that can be controlled and used purely by a smartphone. 

Modeled on professional remote observatories (and developed by experts who worked in them), the user chooses a target on an app – a galaxy, nebula, star cluster, planet or the moon – and the Stellina points at it, digitally focuses on it, and presents an image in that app. You can then study it, save it, or share it on Twitter. 

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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, 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.