When I was a kid, my mum helped me with my primary school project, exploring how a space rocket enters into space and what happens when it goes into orbit around the earth.
I was 8yrs old.
Mum used two toilet rolls which she had crafted into one of the US’s NASA shuttles that had launched earlier in 1990, to explain to me how the shuttle propelled into space, how it detached and how a shuttle would release its payload (a satellite) into space.
She then took me to a local observatory in Palmerston North, NZ, where she explained gravity and orbits, and showed me the planets and satellites in the night’s sky.
So when backyard telescopes would become affordable, my mother would end up buying several.
Now, as a grandmother, she pulls out the telescope on her deck in the cold NZ weather and points it at the moon (as that’s as powerful as most backyard telescopes can do in terms of sight). She explains to her grandchildren that because the earth rotates that this is the reason why the telescope has to be adjusted every couple of seconds.
Her grandkids complain that the earth needs to just hold still for a sec.
She gets annoyed at her son-in-law who insists there is a dark side of the moon, she explains how the moon moves through space and how the earth rotates simplifying a massive process which basically says there is no dark side of the moon.
He says she’s wrong and sulks by the outdoor fire as the kids keep staring through the backyard telescope, trying to see a man on the moon.
So when I came across a telescope this week called Hiuni that not only connects to your phone to take space images for insta, but can live stream, can also track stars, locate and navigate to celestial objects my inner child is geeking tfo and I so want to get one for me and my mum.
At around $790 NZD not including shipping or handling, this telescope is not exactly on the cheap side.
But because it can connect to Android and IOS, live stream, take pics, auto adjusts for earth rotation, locate and self-navigate to whatever constellation you want and I can control it from the comfort of my warm couch my wallet is itching to spend.
It first debuted at CES earlier this year and is looking for crowdfunding on Kickstarter which you can see here.
Should it be successful the telescope will be available and ready for dispatch from Jan next year.
Hiuni means that no longer do you need to attach DSLR cameras or expensive modules to your telescope; Hiuni is unique with its own built-in camera to capture stunning astrophotography imagery. The integrated wide-angle camera acts as a finderscope inline with the main optical tube.
Thanks to its motorized auto-adjust functionality, Hiuni goes beyond the ability of static telescopes to take snapshots of the night sky. This will allow you to capture images without image trailing as the Earth rotates and objects move across the sky.
Hiuni’s image sensor makes astrophotography easy for novices and accessible for hobbyists with a portable built-in solution. We will offer an API for seasoned professionals who want to use the hardware and push the technology further.
All of which just makes me want to take this out to the outback in Australia and down to Southern NZ to watch the Aurora Australias.
However, it won’t come with a 2x magnifier which means you will see planets like Saturn like this:
With the magnifier (which Im guessing will be an additional expense) will allow you to see it like this:
For my mother, it means she can watch the planets, examine the planets and time the satellites, cause that type of stuff interests her.
For me it means AMAZING instagram posts.
Charis McAwesome, co-founder and manager of hashtagme.co.nz – Charis has worked in digital for over 10yrs specialising in digital management, analytics, digital advertising, social media, digital pathways, and CRM services.
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