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For the dedicated amateur astronomer who wants a gorgeous looking telescope which also gives you an amazing view of the night sky, look to the Celestron CGE 1400, reviewed in Sky & Telescope magazine's March 2004 issue.
The Celestron telescope gives you more than three times the light gathering power of an 8” model. This is a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with 14” optics, 3910 mm focal length, 9 x 50 finderscope, and a computerized German equatorial mount. The Go To feature of this telescope is accurate and reliable, giving you interesting facts and pointers about the night sky. You have a 40,000-object database of celestial objects to choose from – more than enough to keep any avid astronomer occupied. If you're watching your pocketbook, the $5,800 price tag might put more than a little dent in your wallet, but the rave reviews about this Celestron telescope make it a worthwhile purchase if you are serious about watching the stars.