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Observing the Moon and planets

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Thanks to Unistellar's enhanced vision technology adapted for planetary observation, you can now observe Jupiter at its best. Within a few seconds, reveal the great red spot of Jupiter and its colored bands. Also available for Saturn, and Mars. Here is our blog article for more information.

The eVscope 2 is better for planetary observations than eVscope 1 and eQuinox due to their pixel resolutions (smaller).

Observing the moon and planets: Live View (LV), or Enhanced View for Planets (EVP) ? 

Once the eVscope 2 or the eQuinox is set up and the sky tracking is on (after performing Orientation), use the GoTo button to point your telescope at your desired celestial object.

  • Moon - Live View

 

Planet

Moons

Gain (dB)

Exposure (ms)

Gain (dB)

Exposure (ms)

Moon 

0

5-20

n/a

n/a

  • Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus - Enhanced View for Planets (the feature does apply to Venus but has not been tested yet. It will be tested in spring 2023 when Venus rises).
  • This new feature (EVP) does not apply yet to Uranus, Neptune, or Mercury. These are more distant and faint objects for which the current Enhanced Vision is the best solution. We may extend our technology to these planets in the future. You will be informed.

 

GoTo Moon

Because of its brightness and proximity, a GoTo Moon may not center Earth’s natural satellite, our Moon, exactly in the eVscope 2 and eQuinox's field of view. Follow these simple steps if this occurs:

  • At the end of the GoTo Moon, open the live view settings and make sure Gain (dB) and Exposure Time (ms) are not set to "auto";

    Note: depending on the phase of the moon, the image you see may be very bright

  • Slowly reduce the Gain (dB) by dragging the control to the right and observing in which direction the light disappears;
  • Once your screen is almost dark, press on the settings icon to reveal the joystick and drag it in the direction of the remaining light source.
  • Repeat this operation as necessary (usually once or twice should be enough) until the moon comes into full view of the eVscope/eQuinox.

Here is a shot of the Moon taken with the eVscope 2 :

 

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Enjoy !

 

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