Weighing 75 kilograms and 2.10 meters high, Hyperia almost logically takes its name from the mythological titan Hyperion. With a sleek design, this new product from the French brand Vaonis is a “Hybrid between connected telescope and observatory”. This smart telescope showcases the best mechanical-optical and electronic technologies currently available on the market, and the Hérault company decides to make them available to individuals.
Equipped with a Sony sensor of the latest generation (IMX455), Hyperia offers the breathtaking resolution of 61 million pixels and promises breathtaking results in record time. In addition to this already excellent optical performance, Vaonis reserves the right to replace the sensor when a new, more efficient model comes onto the market. This possibility of further technical development is a first for the company, which shows its desire to place this very high-end model on time. For comparison: the two telescopes Stellina and Vespera already sold by Vaonis offer image sharpness of 6 and 2 million pixels.
In addition to a much better defined image, Hyperia will be entitled to Direct Drive technology, which is already used in the largest observatories. It allows you to easily follow a star in order to take very long and therefore detailed shots. It should also improve the pointing quality of the device. A point that we had already found in our test last spring as one of the Stellina’s strong axes.
This product is reserved for the informed customer and is the dream of all astronomy enthusiasts. Made from Zicral, an alloy used in aviation, Hyperia is fully custom designed and upon request to meet specific requirements. With a starting price of € 45,000, the product is a technological jewel that could find its place in the most prestigious observatories within a few years. As a symbol of Vaonis’ attention to detail, every order is delivered between 12 and 18 months.
The company derives its specialty from the great autonomy of its telescopes. Vaonis products operate automatically for many tasks (calibration, alignment, monitoring) and are designed to be easy and intuitive to use. The brand’s first two models, Stellina and Vespera, can be controlled with the Vaonis app on a tablet or smartphone, and the same should apply to Hyperia.
Despite the complexity of its mechanism and optics, this product remains, above all, an intelligent telescope. “We are committed to making universe exploration accessible to everyone. Making the most efficient technologies on the market available to the most demanding public is a new step for our company with the creation of Hyperia ” welcomed Cyril Dupuy, the founder of Vaonis. With around twenty employees in the Montpellier region today, the start-up has made a name for itself in the emerging world of intelligent telescopes. Awarded at CES 2018 and 2021, this year the award “Best Innovation”. The highest honor on the Las Vegas Show. Vaonis continues its development and hopes to attract a new clientele that is much more demanding and always retains the ease of use that is its strong point.