Vaonis Vespera - Observation Data

Introduction | Singularity Gallery | JPG Files | TIFF Files | FITS Files | Conclusions | Links


On this page, I describe which observation data the Vespera where stores. Note that I do not strive for completeness of the information presented here, particularly with respect to the FITS files.




Photo: My Vaonis Vespera (end of July 2022)

Vespera is the second telescope that the French company Vaonis developed. For this purpose, Vaonis started a Kickstarter campaign on October 1, 2020, which I backed very early to get an early-bird offer - and I succeeded (I received my Vespera telescope on July 29, 2022). This page is about the observation data that is stored when saving the photos taken.

I organize the following information according to the storage or file types:


Singularity Gallery

The Singularity gallery is a photo gallery in which photos are stored after clicking on the camera icon in the Singularity app (maximum 200 MB). These photos can only be deleted or exported, but not file copied elsewhere. When exporting photos (save to album in Photos app, share), most of the shooting data is not included the EXIF data, only the total exposure time! Exporting also changes the names of the photos (the object name is added when sharing photos).

The photos in the Gallery contain observation information (see figure below) that I would like to keep:

However, since the Gallery has an upper storage limit of 200 MB, you have to delete photos there to be able to add new ones when the Gallery is full. So how can you keep this information and how can you transfer it? The only way to keep it is by not deleting the photos (or taking a screenshot...), the only way to transfer it is by exporting the photos. From what I have been able to find out so far, only the total exposure times are currently transferred in the EXIF data when exporting photos. The file name looks like this, for example: IC443-348.jpg, which means that 348 photos of IC 443 (Jellyfish Nebula) were stacked. However, if you look at the EXIF data, only 347 photos were stacked! Here you have again the strange "-1" difference in the EXIF data, which seems to occur everywhere in this data.

What Data Is of Interest?

The most important information in the observation data is certainly the total exposure time (observation duration). However, the exposure duration for one frame and the gain are also of interest, particularly in the case of manual camera settings.

The position data (observation data) could be of interest, for example, if you want to estimate the influence of field rotation.

The values for the outside temperature, humidity and installed filter are unfortunately not displayed; they can be found on the "device screen" for the Vespera. However, some of this data appears in the EXIF data.

All in all

In general, you will store your photos on the Vespera's SD memory card and only in certain cases additionally or exclusively in the gallery. You may save photos only in the gallery, for example, if you are not very ambitious when it comes to post-processing. The gallery photos can also be shared with others (or viewed on the computer) during observation, which might also be interesting.


JPG Files

JPG files are created when photos are saved or shared in albums. I am assuming that they are basically identical to the JPG files that are stored on the Vespera's SD memory card, namely that they represent states of the image stack. I also assume that all these versions have the same EXIF data (it would be a bit tedious to keep track of all the possibilities...). Accordingly, in the following I only refer to the JPG files that are stored on the Vespera's SD card.

Unfortunately, Vaonis has now "crippled" the EXIF data of the JPG files and practically only indicates the total exposure time. At the end of June 2023, the EXIF data still looked like this:

At the beginning of 2024, only this data appeared:

Note: In mid-May 2024, I looked at EXIF data of Vespera Pro photos (after a system update), and all fields were displayed again. I then checked my Vespera photos and found that on March 28, 2024, the data was complete again (but not yet on March 26, 2024).

To cut a long story short: You can read the total exposure time from the EXIF data. Why do you have to look this up when there is a number in the file name that seems to say just this? Because this number represents the total number of shots taken. But images can be rejected and not saved to the stack. Then the number in the EXIF data is smaller than the number in the file name. In addition, the EXIF values are always 1 less than the "capture values". I have already mentioned this incomprehensible difference several times...

Notes on the "-1" Difference

The first JPG file only specifies the DSO name in the "Image description" field (top image), the second the DSO name and the number of images, which is 1 here (bottom image)!


TIFF Files

TIFF files represent the last state of the image stack, just like the last JPG file with the image stack, but they have 16 bits and are therefore easier to edit. They are intended for post-processing the photos. However, I have to admit that I cannot cope with these files and therefore post-process the JPG files.

The TIFF files have different EXIF data from the JPG files. Vaonis has not changed anything in these. At the end of June 2023, the EXIF data looked like this (mosaic):

And this data appeared at the beginning of 2024 (normal photo):

The most important "additional information" in the EXIF data of the TIFF files is the outside temperature and the humidity. Not even the filter is mentioned, as I discovered when I took a picture with a filter. All in all, what Vaonis delivers is poor! Apart from that, the number of stacked images in the EXIF data is 1 less than in the file name.


FITS Files

For the FITS files, exposure duration, gain, and offset are stored as the most important observation data in the EXIF data:

All in all, this is the absolute minimum that Vaonis delivers!

Note: This data is from July 2022. Since I no longer save FITS files, I do not know whether the EXIF data for the FITS files is still valid.



All in all, Vaonis documents the observation data rather poorly in the EXIF data of the photos and differently for each file type, let alone that there is any information from Vaonis about it. Moreover, the data situation had worsened in the past, but this has been corrected at the end of March 2024.

Added to this is the difference of "-1" in the EXIF data for the number of photos (stacked photos). This inconsistency seems to have persisted since the beginning!

I also find it curious that most of the observation data is displayed in the Singularity Gallery, from where you cannot transfer it anywhere (except by screenshot); in addition, the storage space in the gallery is limited (200 MB), so that you have to delete photos when the gallery is "full". This means that the data of the photos will also be lost!




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