Milky Way in Scutum
Canon 5D2 on fixed tripod 50mm f/1.8 ISO6400 100 x 10s = 16.7 minutes
Using that cheap 50mm lens again. This is a closer view of part of the Milky Way south from Cygnus, centred on a small constellation called Scutum (the shield).
This shows quite clearly clouds of dust that lie between the stars. The darker parts of the image are because dust is obscuring the light from more distant stars. The dust clouds are not apparent to the naked eye - you need photography to reveal them.