Enlarge / The eQuinox 2 is ready for sundown in central Illinois. No eyepiece here, so have your smartphone handy if you want to stargaze. (credit: Eric Bangeman/Ars Technica)

When we reviewed the Unistellar eVscope a couple of years ago, we came away impressed. It offered a communal stargazing experience that takes our ubiquitous smartphones and turns them into a way to view the heavens. Unistellar’s newest offering is the eQuinox 2, a lower-cost alternative to eVscope 2, taking all of the features from its original telescope, improving the technology, and dropping the price to $2,499.
Unistellar’s smart telescopes are designed to make astronomy more accessible by automating skywatching and using digital sensors to “collect” light from faraway objects, making light pollution a small nuisance instead of a deal-breaker.

Unistellar’s catalog contains over 5,000 celestial objects. [credit:
Eric Bangeman/Ars Technica ]

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