In order to get the most out of astronomy, it helps to understand the equipment we use to observe the night sky. Here are some short primers and a few reviews that may help you get going.
How to choose your first telescope (with recommendations!)
How to choose binoculars for astronomy
Orion Funscope vs. Celestron Firstscope - which is better?
Edmund Astroscan (discontinued telescope, but used are still out there).
Good with your hands? Got some tools? I have some simple, do-it-yourself projects that can help make taking astrophotos with cell phones easier, setting up a tabletop telescope on a simple tripod, and more.
Eyes on the Sky's DIY projects