(primarily because of light pollution) then there is no reason to buy a telescope. It will just be an exercise in frustration.
This is what you should be able to see on a clear night using just your eyes. Back before gas and electric light, everyone could see this. No wonder people were so focused on the stars.
If you can't see anything like most people can't, then just go here everyday for the new picture. Click the picture to go to the APOD site and see a description and click the picture to often get a much higher resolution image. Sometimes click again to zoom in further.