Do you need a telescope?  No, definitely not at first.  A good pair of binoculars are recommended but here’s another option.

I found this stellarium program on my aspore one:  Looks like they have a windows version too.  This is a great way to familiarise yourself with the night sky without bearing the cold.

Not sure what to look for?  The RASC is a great place to start.  The Calgary centre has a good list on Binocular Observing Certificate page.

Clear Skies!