I work in Kabul & have done this on occasion, best time I've found is on a clear night during the winter when half of the city is having a brown-out, but before they all start burning tyres for warmth.
When I get back to my pit, I'll try and dig up some fots.
A good friend of mine started dabbling in this a couple of years ago, got bitten by the bug and has since appeared on BBCs Sky at Night, been published in various magazines and also had an image on the NASA homepage.
I'd hate to even hazard a guess as to how much he has spent on kit now, but some of his imaging is amazing.
I just did an excellent introduction to astrophotography course at greenwich observatory - £72 for a six week long course on the basics. Well worth looking at the courses there if you habe any interest in astronomy at all.
I also recently took up astrophotography at the beginning of 2012. Though all through last year I hardly had any clear skies.
Three of my better attempts.
Jupiter with a shadow of one of its moons, Io I think.
Mosaic of 6 pictures of the moon, using Microsoft ICE to stitch the pictures together.
The 3 pictures were taken with a Canon 650D through a Celestron C8 SCT. Camera control is with BackyardEOS, which is a brilliant bit of software for taking sequences of pictures. Pictures stacked in Pixinsight along with the processing.
I use my Neximage camera with a Startravel short tube 80mm refractor for guiding with PHD software.
I use Alignmaster for Polar alignment, and since discovering this software my stars are now round, even with long (ish) exposures.
Since Christmas I have had the ability to run everything off the mains as I was finding that in cold weather the scope and camera batteries would flake out after about a couple of hours, especially with the scope dew heaters running. Just hoping for some clear skies on a night when I don't have work the following morning, to have another go at getting some more practice.
Indeed there are. It's actually quite clear up here in Glasgow at the moment, but skyglow makes it almost useless trying to take photos. Still, I've just had some good binocular views of the star fields around Cygnus (first time I've seen the Coathanger so well from inside the city) and down through Perseus (shame the Double Cluster isn't as obvious as it is in darker skies).