The following appeared recently on a science newsletter site:
"The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star."
-- Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin,
French lawyer and epicure
Discovering new stars is generally not very exciting - I've found thousands myself, most of which were fairly boring, and only got catalogue numbers.
Currently hot topics for astronomical object discovery include finding the most distant galaxy and finding the most earth-like planet outside the solar system.