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For non-astronomers, stargazing may seem simple: Just plop down a scope, and peer toward the heavens. It’s usually not quite that easy. Scopes can be tricky to set up and celestial objects elusive. The Celestron Cosmos 90 GT uses a Wi-Fi connection with a smartphone to do the hard work for you. To align it, users point it at any three bright objects in the sky; the scope uses them to triangulate its precise location. Through an app, users then select the celestial body they want to see from Celestron’s 120,000-entry database. Motors in the base position the scope in seconds.
Celestron Cosmos 90 GT Wi-Fi Telescope
Telescope aperture: 3.5 inches
Magnification: high-power eyepiece, 91x; low-power eyepiece, 36x
Astronomical database: 120,000 objects
_This article originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of _Popular Science.