Congratulations to Dr. Christian Sasse, who has set the record for the farthest and faintest object an amateur has imaged. Using the newly commissioned global rent-a-scope GRAS-17 telescope, he imaged the quasar J1148+5251 the second most distant object ever observed This quasi stellar object has h a redshift of z=6.41, meaning its light has been traveling for around 13.7 12.8 billion years* to Earth. Read the full story (and see the images) here at the GRAS news site.
(As people may know, I use the global rent-a-scope system and even have a "what's up" blog over there. I'm excited and enthused over what amateurs can do with systems like GRAS)