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I used to go to Mount Pinos and setup thousands of dollars of telescope and computer gear trying to catch a tiny image of this an other objects.
That was an expensive and utterly frustrating hobby. Most trips either ended in mechanical/electrical or computer failure rendering the entire weekend useless or you might actually get off a shot only to have a cloud or 757 cruise through it. Once in a great while, a really long long time everything would go just grand and you'd get a good shot.
Being Earth bound you are limited. We all used to sit around on cloudy nights and dream of the day when we could have our own personal Hubble space telescopes... Don't think I'll live that long... So APOD keeps me going... that and iTelescope.