The revolutionary observation station was launched on Kickstarter in October 2020, collecting $2.5M in the span of a single month. With 2,163 backers, the Vespera campaign is the most funded project of all time in the category of Space exploration and the most funded Tech / Hardware project in France.

 Los Angeles, California, December 15, 2020 – Vaonis is honored to announce that it has been named a CES® 2021 Innovation Awards Honoree, as well as receiving the Best of Innovation Award, for its new observation station, Vespera. The announcement was made ahead of the first-ever, all-digital CES 2021, the world’s most influential technology event, happening Jan. 11-14, 2021. The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products across 28 product categories. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetic and design. 

The Vaonis start-up announced in October 2020 the launch of a mini version of Stellina, a hybrid between a smart telescope and a camera that has brought a resounding change to the field of traditional astronomy since it was created in 2018. Named Vespera, Latin for “Evening”, the new product is a lighter version of its big brother.

With the current health crisis that has shaken the world, sales of astronomical instruments have never been stronger. And for good reason: between the obligation to stay home and limitations on travel, and a desire for a return to nature, individuals have a longing to escape, while in complete safety. Their new playground? The starry sky. Vaonis, a young start-up specializing in the production of astronomical instruments, has seen its number of uses, shared photos, and orders more than double since the beginning of the quarantine.

“ Vespera is an amazing next step for Vaonis. It will take their amazing technology that allows anyone to observe deep sky objects like galaxies and nebulae and make it accessible and affordable for everyone.”
Terry Virts, former NASA Astronaut and ISS Commander, Vaonis Ambassador.

The CES 2021 Innovation Awards Honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at Additional honorees will be revealed during CES 2021 on Jan. 11, 2021. Vaonis will also be participating in the All Digital 2021 CES from January 11 through January 14. To book a meeting with Vaonis, visit

About Vaonis Created in France in 2016 by Cyril Dupuy, Vaonis is composed of fifteen astronomy, photography, and technology enthusiasts eager to share their wonder of the stars with everyone. Together, they created Stellina, the first observation station allowing anyone to photograph The Universe’s celestial objects at the touch of a button. A real game-changer in the field of amateur astronomy, the product won several awards, including a CES Innovation Award in 2018 and a Red Dot Design Award in 2019. Stellina and Vespera are the first born of a series of devices Vaonis plans on creating, all based on the central ideas of user friendliness, portability and shareability. 


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