Photographer Eric Africa obtained this image of the Garnet Star Nebula (IC 1396) by spending several nights in his "light-polluted backyard." Africa's images of IC 1396, the Rosette Nebula and M 31 are proof that an Earthbound photographer can score some amazing pics. His telescope, the Takahashi FSQ-106, is commercially available for around $4,000. Click through for a gallery.

[Eric Africa]