Astrophotography is the reason I bought my DSLR. Apart from the unparalleled beauty of the subject matter, I absolutely love the freedom of being out and about in wonderful places when everyone else is at home and I have them to myself. Finding peace and solitude in usually busy places is good for me.
I now have an new lens, a second hand EFS 55-250, which has boosted the magnification I get by over four times. Excellent! Now all I need is the rain to stop raining every single night and I may get out there and get some good results.
I did get out once recently and got some reasonable pictures. I also invested in Photoshop and the ProDigital suite of Astro tools for Photoshop. Between them I feel I am just about starting to get some reasonable result. Play with those levels dudes!
Here are some new (or re-worked old) efforts:
I use a Canon EOS 1000 (very much a base model but easy to use and it gives results that are perfectly adequate for me) with a Jessops Major carbon fibre tripod and now an EFS 55-250 lens.