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Christmas Eve 2011 my wife gave me a Sky & Telescope magazine as a stocking stuffer, inside was an article that said you could
see the Orion Nebula with small binoculars, 10 minutes later I was outside in my pajamas mumbling "I'll be damned, you can see it".
I immediately got a small telescope off craig'slist for $100
Soon after that I held a cheap digital camera up to the eyepiece and took a picture of the moon.
It was at that moment I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up.

February 15, 2011
Telescope: Celestron Astromaster 114eq
Camera: Sony Cybershot DCS-W7

It takes a bit of gear to make all this happen, to get an idea of what a very nice backyard setup is like, here is a good overview video with cool astrophotographer Nik Szymanek.