Celestron's SkyProdigy 130 telescope ($799) takes the drudgery out of stargazing. Because its built-in software recognizes star patterns and where you're located, you no longer have to study astronomy to find the highlights. Just "take the telescope out on a clear night, press the Align button, and stand back." A handheld controller lets you request a closer look at, say, Orion's Belt or the rings of Saturn. "There's always something interesting to oooh and aaah over — and little chance that you'll be looking for something that the telescope doesn't already know about." Source: Cigar Aficionado.
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