I still remember my disappointment when my 14 years old self first saw the Andromeda galaxy, the most prominent deep sky object in the northern hemisphere.

After an hour of patient recognition of the sky and careful pointing of my telescope, I finally saw a strange misty gray stain appear where I expected to see a vibrantly colored disk of light.

Many years later my friend Arnaud Malvache (who also happens to be a researcher in Optics and Image Processing) shared a similar memory with me.
But he had an idea. What if we progressively intensified the light we see through the eyepiece of a telescope with a low light sensor ?

We quickly decided to make a prototype to get a feel of the experience, and while designing it we added the other features that make UNISTELLAR's telescope so different.

To make astronomy entertaining and enjoyable to everyone, we decided to make it compact and simple to use, all the while enabling participation to science.