The North American nebula is one of my favorites in the whole sky, and named for pretty obvious reasons. The resemblance is uncanny, even down to the Gulf of Mexico! The nebula is so large that it's difficult to capture, but this shot is a beauty.
And note: This picture was not taken using a digital camera, but instead with specially treated film to make it more sensitive to light. Somehow, film makes the scene a little more lush, a little more warm, even if it's not in color... and the telescope was carefully hand-guided over the 30-minute exposure. This is nice work!