Excerpt: About half a year ago in the summer of 2009, I bought my first telescope, the Meade ETX-80AT. I decided to buy this because it was within my price range and has AutoStar. AutoStar will automatically point the telescope to the many objects in the sky. I wanted this feature because I heard that new astronomers often get too frustrated and quit because they cannot manually find what they are looking for in the sky. When I got the scope, I was very excited.