Marchis ended up joining the venture as chief scientific officer. The team had already engineered the eVscope’s sight, but the system needed refining, and its auto-pointing abilities needed work. “We are a small startup, meaning that our work is not compartmentalized and sometimes is outside the scope of our main skills,” Marchis says. Today, with Marchis’ help, the telescope uses GPS and a map of celestial objects to figure out where it is currently pointed, then can aim somewhere else autonomously. Just tell it you want to look at, say, the Orion Nebula.