Celestron NexStar 5SE


For stargazers bored with looking at common constellations like the Big Dipper and Orion's Belt, Celestron's NexStar 5 SE is a pro-level telescope for amateurs. I got a chance to try it the other night and was blown away with the clarity and ease of use. At 18 lbs. it's highly portable and with 40,000 celestial bodies preprogrammed with coordinates, just type in "Saturn" and you'll be examining its rings in no time. For photographers, the Nexstar also features a camera control that allows you to take a series of timed exposures using your digital SLR camera.

Speaking of astronomy, keep a look out early Tuesday morning (EST), 28 August 2007, for a total Lunar Eclipse.

Available for $800 here.