Telescopes, especially astronomical telescopes, bring the universe closer. Even economical telescopes will show you the rings of Saturn, the mountains and craters on the moon, the moons of Jupiter, and nebulas like the one in Orion.
Telescopes I have several telescopes. The one I use most is my Meade DS-114AT DS 114MM Reflecting Telescope with Autostar Controller.
This is not a big or expensive telescope. The 4.5 inch mirror is nice, but what I love about it is the computer that finds the objects you want to look at and aims the telescope and tracks them as you watch. The 2 inch eyepieces (optional) are a good fit with my digital camera. $199