I won a "decent" telescope from a work raffle many, many years ago. I would say it probably retailed for $100-$150. It came in an aluminum case with 2 or 3 different eyepieces (magnifications). I tried to use it once. It was kinda cool, but I was unimpressed. So I went to the local bar, the Fox Tavern, for a beer and to play bar trivia. I did pretty well, and some good looking cougar started chatting me up. Turns out she lived adjacent to the nearby country club (now a Trump golf course), and had walked the mile it took to get there. I offered her a ride back to her place, deliberately failing to ask if she was married (there was a ring, but not a typical wedding band). When we got back her her place she asked me to come in for a drink. I said, "sorry, but the clouds have moved on, and I want to give my telescope another shot." She didn't take that very well, and stormed into her house. When I got back, I was still unimpressed with the telescope, so I just watched some porn and jerked off thinking of what might have been with the cougar. So yeah, if you're going to buy a telescope, you may have to spend some coin. Hope that helps.