prominent part of this sprawling Cygnus nebula is the dark "Gulf
of Mexico" surrounded by "Florida", "Mexico", and "Central
America". The shape is defined by foreground clouds of dark
dust, with the bright nebula a more uniform sheet behind them.
made with my 92mm refractor. The nebula is too big to fit
comfortably into its field of view. A lens of about 400mm would
be better, but I have no complaint about this image with its
delicious grape-purple colors. Ten years ago I would not have
thought I'd be able to make such pretty deep sky images.