The Vaonis Hyperia telescope has a 61 MP full-frame sensor that delivers impressive space photos
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Vaonis has launched another telescope, having already unveiled the Stellina and Vespera. While those are comparatively compact and affordable, the Hyperia is neither. According to Vaonis, the Hyperia stands nearly 2.1 metres when closed and weighs about 75 kg, making it far too bulky to move around easily.
Unsurprisingly, the Hyperia features some impressive hardware. Specifically, Vaonis has equipped the telescope with a Sony IMX455, a full-frame sensor that resolves at 61 MP. The IMX455 also has 3.76 μm pixels, and offers nearly 10x the resolution that the Stellina does. Similarly, the Hyperia shoots roughly 30x larger images than the Vespera does.
Vaonis has dispensed with a colour filter too, which should improve light sensitivity. Additionally, Vaonis claims that people can replace the IMX455 when needed, a useful feature for when Sony releases better full-frame sensors in the future.
Vaonis has complemented the IMX455 with a telescope that has a 1,050 mm focal length and an f/5 aperture. Below the telescope sits a motor that can align towards certain stars and then track them. The Hyperia also has Gigabit Ethernet by default, along with two USB Type-A ports and memory expansion slots. Vaonis explains that 'wireless connectivity is optional.
Moreover, Vaonis has designed a companion app for those without extensive knowledge of astronomy or photography. The Hyperia can be controlled manually too, though.
The Vaonis Hyperia can be ordered through the manufacturer's website from US$45,000. Apparently, Vaonis takes between 12 and 18 months to deliver orders.