Some might say this is the perfect telescope for the star-searching newbie. If you can't hone in on the galaxy you're looking for on your own power, Celestron's Prodigy 6 robotic self-aligning telescope will find it for you. Using electronic motors, an intelligent on-board computer, a digital camera and a database the scope can find over 4000 celestial features. Once the telescope points you in the right direction, it helps open your eyes to the wonders of the universe by letting in up to three times the light of past models. Simply turn it on, push a button and enjoy the view.
Editor's Note: If you buy this, we recommend you use it to help you learn. There's nothing less impressive on a late night outing in the wilderness then a date who needs a robot's guidance. If you haven't learned to tell Orion's Belt from the Big Dipper before your next outting, at least be able to brag about the scope:
The battery lasts for 30 hours at a time--longer than you will. Available now, $1000, celestron.com.