I've spent the last 4 days out near Fort Davis, TX at the McDonald Observatory. It's a workshop for teachers (8th grade-college). We've been studying white dwarfs and the age of the galaxy. Basically, the idea is that you can date the galaxy by looking at these tiny, dense, and dim stars. That's a very, very, very basic description of what we've been talking about.
We've spent hours and hours outside at night, gazing at the stars with various telescopes, binoculars, and even our eyes!
M51, Whirlpool Galaxy (our group took these images with the 0.8m telescope.
We've been focusing on open clusters of stars, although we've taken some pretty cool images of some fun things. I'll post more pictures later. To quote my favorite movie, this is the most fun!