My first attempt at deep space photography, captured from the light polluted skies of my patio.
In ~650 CE, excited electrons in this cosmic cloud of dust released these photons into a 1350 year journey, culminating at objective of my modest telescope where their energy met the sensor of my dslr and created this image. Everything we are condensed out of a similar nebular process (4.5 billion years ago).
One photo, ISO 1600 at 1 minute, equatorial mount. Room for improvement, but a good start.