A spotting scope - mounted on a standard photo tripod - is nice for visual observing and just perfect as your 'first scope'.
I have a Bynolyt Starling 20x50 Mono Spotting scope; the 45 degree viewing angle prevents a lot of neck craning.
According to the specifications the field-of-view is 2.5 arc degrees.
It has a photo tripod adapter, so that you can mount it on all standard photo tripods, including the 'mini sized' tripods.
This scope is my trusted companion when I have to travel light.
I also use this scope as a finder for my MTO 10/1000 Maksutov.