Quite frequently people ask me what telescope they should buy.
Answering this question is not easy, because it depends on the requirements: what do you want to do with your telescope?
Permanent setup or mobile?
When you (will) have a permanent setup the weight of the scope and the ease of (dis)assembly are not important, but if you have to set your scope up each time you want to use it, these issues become very important. And note that the disassembly most likely will have to take place in the dark!
Visual observing or imaging?
Note: for astrophotography a very stable and reliable mount is required, especially if you want to image DSO's, which implies long(er) exposures.
In these cases the mount might be just as expensive (or more !) as the optical part of your scope.
The mount should have a precision drive and gears on at least the RA axis, and preferably also on the DEC axis.
Hint: ask the salesperson what the Periodic Error of the mount is. If you get an evasive reply: leave the shop.
The correct answer should be: +/- 15 arc seconds peak-to-peak or less. Higher values you will regret later, although the more expensive GOTO telescopes with Periodic Error training reduce the uncorrected PE to acceptable values.
For visual observing the above issues are less important, although motor drive(s) are not just luxury.
An electric focuser is always like gold in the bank.
All in all: BEST is to contact your local astronomy club and talk with the members about their scopes: usually they are very happy to share their experiences with you!
NEVER buy a so-called telescope in a general store or DIY shop: that is money thrown away.
It is also like when you are buying a car: do NOT fall in love with a scope, but SELECT it carefully.
Here you can read more about how to select your first telescope:
Sky and Telescope: Choosing Your First Telescope.
And searching the web with 'First Telescope' gives a lot of hits!
Now, if you cannot afford a suitable first scope, consider buying a pair of binoculars, which can be very rewarding.
It is easy to transport and observing the moon, the planets and even deep-sky objects are within reach.
And your girl-friend or wife might be inclined to have a look :-)
I suggest you go for 8x50 or 10x50 binocs, and as a stabilization support you can use an upside-down broom or better still: one of those cleaning devices with a telescopic stem :-)
Another alternative is a spotting scope which can be mounted on a photo tripod.