Vaonis Vespera II review: an ideal smart telescope for astrophotography beginners and advanced amateurs alike

The Vaonis Vespera II’s upgraded features help make it a hugely enjoyable and rewarding smart telescope that works well even in light pollution

Close up of the Vaonis Vespera II telescope outside
(Image: © Jamie Carter / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Vaonis Vespera II is a lightweight and easy-to-use smart telescope whose beautiful design echoes its fabulous images of the deep sky, the moon, and the sun (but not the planets). With upgraded hardware, higher-resolution images, and a bigger camera sensor, it's a great option for urban astronomy and astrophotography without the hassle.


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    Deep sky objects

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    Low price

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    Curved design

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    Ease of use


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    No eyepiece

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    Short battery life

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    Short tripod

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There is no more enjoyable smart telescope than the Vaonis Vespera II (also called the  Vaonis Vespera 2), making it easily one of the best telescopes for astrophotography for beginners and advanced amateurs wanting to both cut down on hassle and save time. Affordable smart telescopes are all the rage – check our ZWO Seestar S50 review for proof of that – and the Vaonis Vespera II just about sneeks into that category. It is, however, a class above its more affordable rival, offering a superior build quality, much higher resolution images and a slick app called Singularity. 

With a longer focal length, upgraded focal ratio and a wider field of view than its predecessor, the Vaonis Vespera II is easy to use and lightweight enough to travel with. Is it the best smart telescope in 2024? For some users, it absolutely will be – but there are things you need to know before making a decision. Here’s everything you need to know about the Vaonis Vespera II. 

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Resolution3840 x 2160
Aperture50 mm
Focal ratiof/5
Focal length250 mm
Optical lensApochromatic triplet
Storage25 GB
ConnectionsUSB-C, 3/8 “-20 “tripod thread
Battery capacity7,000 mAh
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FeaturesIt can capture deep-sky objects, such as galaxies, the moon and the sun.★★★★☆
DesignIt’s easy to set up and to travel with.★★★★☆
PerformanceImages are high resolution, and there’s an option to stick-together panoramas. ★★★★☆
ValueIt’s a decent price and boasts excellent build quality.★★★★☆
ZWO Seestar S50

ZWO Seestar S50
A popular product, this affordable and portable device is hugely enjoyable to use despite its narrow field of view and low-resolution images. 

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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.