The lab course I am teaching at Coker College does not have access to the newest and fanciest equipment for microscopy imaging (nor should it*). If your drawing skills are not up to snuff, however, a smartphone camera, a steady hand, and a bit of patience can provide a useful substitute for standard light microscopy.
The above image was taken through a compound microscope, but it also works well for the small, dissecting-style scope my kids have.
The same principle can hold for telescopes. In this case, the hand was less steady due to temperature and beers.
*Teaching folks how to use that is a) a different course and b) outside my area of expertise.