What about binoculars?
Binoculars are an excellent way to get into astronomy. A good pair of binoculars can be purchased for less than $150. If your interest in astronomy diminishes they can be used in many other ways.
As with a telescope, the larger the main lens the better. Binoculars are classified with numbers like 7x50. The 7 refers to the magnification and the 50 refers to the lens diameter in millimeters. Magnifications of more than 10 are not recommended since it may be difficult to hold your hands steady enough for a good view. Avoid "zoom" binoculars or those that have fixed focus.
There are many objects in the night sky that can be viewed very nicely with a good pair of binoculars.
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