Vaonis Vespera - Adventurer Pack and More Accessories

Introduction | Adventurer Pack, Part 2 | Further Filters | Rollei Quick-Release System | First Conclusions | Links || Appendix: The Boxes...

On this page, I provide some information about the second part of the Adventurer Pack and further accessories for the Vaonis Vespera telescope.

Notes:

 

Introduction

         

Photo: My Vaonis Vespera (end of July 2022)

Adventurer Pack

I had chosen the Adventurer Pack in the Kickstarter campaign for the Vespera. In November 2021 and in June 2022, Vaonis made changes to the pack's content; so the following set was eventually shipped in two packages:

Package 1:

Package 2:

I received package 1 with the Vespera telescope and the tripod on July 29, 2022, and the second package of the Adventurer Pack (backpack, light pollution filter, humidity sensor) on September 15, 2022. Package 1, with which you can start observing immediately, is presented on page Vaonis Vespera - Information, package 2 on this page.

Further Accessories

Moreover, I acquired a solar filter as soon as it became available on the Vaonis Website and also the Dual Band Filter - despite its high price (I gave it as a christmas present to me).

Since I found it difficult to screw the tripod to the Vespera, I purchased the Rollei Schnellwechselsystem (Rollei quick-release system) that a Vespera owner promoted in the Kickstarter discussion about the Vespera. I already tried it, but I am not sure if I will use it permanently because I have my problems with it as well...

 

Adventurer Pack, Part 2

Unboxing

Below, I present unboxing photos of part 2 of the Vespera Adventurer Pack (backpack, accessories). Part 1 consisted of the telescope and the adjustable tripod.

         

The 2nd package for the Vespera Adverture Pack ...

 

....was squeezed during transportation

 

Some accompanying papers ...

 
 

Box opened, you can see the backpack

 

Backpack taken out of the box

 

Backpack

   

Backpack rear side

 

Backpack opened; on top are the boxes for the hygrometer sensor and the light pollution filter

 

Ditto, somewhat differently arranged; there is also a black bag for whatever purpose...

Filled Backpack

      

Filled backpack opened

 

Ditto

 

Accessory compartment opened

      

Vespera protection opened, accessory compartment still closed

 

Vespera protection opened, accessory compartment opened

  Ditto
   

Protection removed from the accessory compartment

 

Accessory compartment with charger, tripod legs, tripod head, and Rollei quick-release system

 

Ditto, closer view

   

Protection with bubble level in an extra compartment put on the tripod legs

  Charger cable   The filters are stored in the front compartment (without their outer boxes).

Installation of Accessories

      

Box of the Hygrometer Sensor

 

Box of the Light Pollution Filter

 

Both accessory boxes (left Hygrometer sensor, right light pollution filter) opened

        

Front of the telescope tube, which is covered by a removable ring; after pressing the button at the top left, you can remove the ring.

 

Here, the ring was removed and you can see the space for the Hygrometer Sensor.

   
 
 

Box of the Hygrometer Sensor opened, on the top the removed ring

 

Hygrometer Sensor, screw for fixing it, a tool for the screw, and the removed ring

 

Hygrometer sensor installed (explained in the Vespera manual)

 
 

Light Pollution Filter (and removed ring)

 

The filter is transparent but also reflective...

 

Filter installed (explained in the Vespera manual)

The Singularity app indicates, whether the Hygrometer Sensor is installed and displays humidity and temperature values. It also indicates, whether a filter is installed and if so, which one.

 

Further Filters (Solar Filter, Dual Band Filter)

Solar Filter

In October 2022, the solar filter for the Vespara became available, and I quickly ordered one, hoping that I might observe the partial solar eclipse on October 25, 2022. Regrettably, the solar filter arrived one day later at my home. So, I took some less impressive photos without an eclipse on that evening:

    

original

 

original

For more information, see page Observations of the Sun.

Dual Band Filter

In December 2022, also the Dual Band Filter was made available, and I soon ordered one; it arrived at my home an December 19, 2022. Possibly, it is somewhat redundant with the Light Pollution Filter... More on the Light Pollution and Dual Band Filters on page Observations with Filters!

 

Rollei Quick-Release System (Schnellwechsel-System)

The Rollei quick-release system (Schnellwechsel-System) consists of two adapters, which can be connected to each other via a kind of bayonet catch and can easily be disconnected again. The top adapter is screwed to the Verspera, the bottom one to the tripod head. Thereafter, you can separate both adapters by turning the lower adapter. For details see the Rollei product page!

         

Box of the Rollei quick release system (Schnellwechsel-System)

 

Box emptied, system shows the upper side (to the Vespera)

 

System turned upside down, shows the bottom side (to the tripod)

   

System parts separated; left: the bottom part that is srewed to the tripod; right: the top part that is screwed to Vespera

 

Top part turned upside down and screw mount adapter removed

 

Now with tripod...

   

Ditto, closer view

 

Now with the Vespera; the bottom part of the system is screwed onto the tripod; the top part is to be screwed to the Vespara.

 

Vespera and the two parts of the systems

 
 

Top part screwed to the Vespera

 

Ditto, closer view

 

Complete system at the Vespera, at the bottom is the connection to the tripod

   
Complete system at the Vespera seen from above  

Ditto, closer view; note that the bottom part of the system has a bubble level.

 

System (both parts) installed between Vespera and tripod

 

First Experiences

So far I have only been able to collect just a few experiences with the Vespera accessories.

The Hygrometer Sensor measures humidity and temperature, which are displayed in the Singularity app. It also closes the telescope arm, when it detects rain. I think that I will not test the latter function; it is particularly meant for observations where you at a certain distance from the Vespera or inside your house while the Vespera is outside.

The Light Pollution Filter, on the other hand, is likely to be used soon. I wonder how much it darkens the image, that is, extends the required exposure time. By the way, Vespera has a built-in UV/IR blocking filter! The Dual Band Filter is primarily to be used for large nebulae. Again, I wonder how much it darkens the image, thus extending the required exposure time. More on both filters on page Observations with Filters.

The solar filter has already been used and seems to do what is expected of it. However, I find the low sharpness of the photos to be a disadvantage. For more on this, see page Observations of the Sun.

I am still undecided as to the Rollei quick-release system, partly because the top part does not connect firmly to the Vespera base, as the base rotates and cannot be locked for a secure connection. I also do not know whether the motor drive for the horizontal axis can be damaged when connecting the Vespera to the top part of the system.

 

First Conclusions

Here, I will draw my first conclusions with respect to the accessories for the Vaonis Vespera after I have collected some experiences with the Vespera accessories.

 

Links

 


Appendix: The Boxes...

         

The box of the filters and the Hygrometer Sensor

 

Descriptions of the contents...

  Box of the Hygrometer Sensor
   
Box of the Solar Filter   Box of the Light Pollution Filtew   Box of the Dual Band Filter

Photos: The boxes for the filters and the Hygrometer Sensor

    
    

Solar Filter

 

Light Pollution Filter

 

Dual Band Filter

   
Solar Filter   Light Pollution Filter   Dual Band Filter

Photos: The filters and their boxes

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