I got a cheapie electric mead as a gift, and it's kind of nifty, but I would spend more for a quality telescope if you're really interested in using it with any kind of frequency. The electronic part also sucks and really isn't very precise to be able to track anything. The optics are also pretty bad, but it's one of mead's cheapest. The binocular suggestion is a really excellent one by the way, if you get a good pair of binoculars with a stabilizing feature, they are really a fantastic way to look at things, and they're not huge either. They'll also save you a lot of money instead of getting a quality telescope. If you're looking at cheap telescopes, I would probably go the binocular route instead. But what do I know, I live in seattle, there aren't ever any stars here. Hell, it's hard enough just to find that big yellow constallation on most days. You know, the sun?