The 2nd-level Sor/Wiz spell see invisibility [div] (PH 275) allows an affected target to see nearby creatures and objects on the Ethereal Plane, but is there an inexpensive magic item or a low-level spell to see likewise creatures and objects on the similarly conterminous Plane of Shadow?
The character that needs this can probably afford to spend as much as 10,000 gp on such an item. Any spell would ideally have a duration of at least ten minutes and be lower than 4th-level so as to fit in a wand; the character is not a spellcaster and lacks combat-sufficient ranks in the skill Use Magic Device. The character has to see what's nearby because he's going there right now, making scrying effects et al. impractical. Because this is likely an item or spell nonexistent in official material, third party or even well-executed homebrew are options.
"Just don't go there!"
I know that I shouldn't even be using the spell shadow walk because the spells teleport and plane shift are better, but I intend to use shadow walk anyway because my character will have it as an extraordinary, spell-like, or supernatural ability. (Sword and Fist and its FAQ differ on the exact nature of the special ability shadow walk, the prestige class ghostwalker's level 5 class feature.) I'd really like to avoid using the special ability shadow walk to Batman from Commissioner Gordon's office onto the Plane of Shadow only to end up next to a nightwalker having tea at the coterminous desk or something.
Also, more generally, I'm a little worried about folks that make their homes on the Plane of Shadow wanting revenge after their lives are destroyed because a breath weapon, area effect power, or area effect spell modified by the feat Transdimensional Breath (DrF 50), Transdimensional Power (CP 64), or Transdimensional Spell (CAr 84), respectively, is used without checking the coterminous area first. Using a fireball on a dude sleeping in a rope trick is hilarious, but also irritating a pack of shadow mastiffs that are right next to a Material Plane border? Not so much.