If you were ever curious about the frustrations associated with teaching kids about amateur astronomy and AP, I can assure you the road is fraught with loads of patience and “you are going to have to just trust me on this one” type answers.
My daughter, now age 8, decided she wanted to go to her first star party back in November of 2014 (a small star party in Eldorado Texas). I gave her a list of targets and she chose the Wizard Nebula (Harry Potter?). Anyhow, we didn’t have the best luck getting data… my CCD has captured better images. We were plagued with brilliantly clear skies and… wait for it… low lying fog every night (creeping along the ground). Fighting the dew monster. Not the greatest data.
Regardless of this, she did everything herself (with some guidance and lifting of an NJP). It was captured, calibrated and processed and it only took 3 months! I was clear that I had no intent of doing this for her. We went through many frustrating nights of processing and this is her final result.
I know that this is like pulling out your wallet and saying “look at my kids” (eyes roll), but I promised her I would post it and I think she did a great job.
As a side note… if you ever forget the difficulty of AP, try teaching it to somebody without pressing any of the buttons yourself. Everyone in this hobby deserves a medal.