A week ago while out on a bike ride, I spied a telescope someone had discarded into the roadside trash. Being ever the pack rat, we went back and snagged it before the trash truck arrived. Tonight was the first clear night since. The kids were fascinated to see the craters on the moon in such vivid detail.
It's a Bushnell Sky Chief II with wood tripod. Everything works great. It has a few more fine tuning adjustment knobs than the telescope I had as a kid, which makes it easier to track objects across the sky.
My next hack project will be trying to figure out a way to connect a webcam or digital camera to the lens!