Most cheap ones are too bright for use in real low light conditions.
I would suggest the best glass you can swing and a bold reticle like a #4
What power range are you looking for?
Power range 3-9x ish. I can spend as much as I want but it's hard for me to justify a $1500 scope to use a few times a year. I can spend more if that's what it takes to buy a good one, but I have nothing to compare them against. I will use it for night time hunting with a kill light and short range deer or varmint hunting.
At what price range are they no longer considered "cheap'? To me, $300-400 isn't "cheap" but to others it may be. I'm looking more for examples of what to buy or what others have used that have worked rather than "all cheap scopes are crap". I have plenty of $300 scopes and to me they all work great. Any suggestions?