Telescopes and Binoculars
Binoculars are a great way to obtain deeper views of the heavens. They're easy for beginners to use, usually offer richer fields of view than telescopes, and can be much cheaper! However, some are better for astronomy than others.
Polar alignment made easy! Terry Moon explains how to do it - in the southern hemisphere.
Don Morrison describes how making a refractor is very much easier than most people think.