I'd like to start to get into Amateur Astronomy (yeah, I know AnalogBoy already Asked Slashdot). But, as a twist, I can't really spend any money (baby comes in 5 weeks from friday at the latest). I'd like to find some non-spending ways to get into it a little bit. Any free software running on Windows (my linux box can't handle drawing of that magnitude)? Starmaps, etc? What about inexpensive alternatives to telescopes/binocs?
Analogboy is a reader, so tell me what you're experiences have been so far, please.
Any help is appreciated.