The coolest gadget of 2023 makes me feel like I have a Hubble telescope in my backyard

In 2023, I discovered a new hobby that gave me enjoyment and relaxation. I’m talking about astrophotography. Even though I gave it a stab on numerous occasions with my smartphones over the last couple of years, I really didn’t fall in love with it until I tried out the Unistellar eQuinox 2. It’s like having the Hubble telescope, but in my backyard.

While I was covering CES 2023 earlier this year, I came across the Unistellar booth at an event and I was instantly drawn to it. The France-based company was showing off its smart telescopes and I was particularly impressed by the astrophotography images they said were captured by them. Of course I had to take it with a grain of salt because I know very well how moon shots with smartphones could be faked. It’s one thing to see the end result, but I would’ve been more convinced if I saw the telescopes in action — which added to my initial skepticism.