I'm not usually a big fan of advertising, but the MEADE ad for the LXD-75 in December's Sky and Telescope was way cool. It is the story of the discovery of SN2005cs in M-51 this spring, by Wolfgang Kloehr. THIS site has the discovery story in blog form, but leaves out the beginning - the part about him being a novice. In the ad, he says he bought the telescope and camera just 5 weeks before and had no prior astrophotography experience (but clearly, some knowledge of astronomy). THIS site has a number of pictures of the supernova. I realize that he got pretty lucky - M51 is one of the more photogenic of galaxies, so it's no surpirse amateurs were looking at it that night. But still, he recognized what he saw and got credit for it. So cool.