Sagittarius Star Cloud from Cima Road

When you're under truly dark skies, it's amazing how easy astrophotography becomes. Shorter exposure times can be used, signs of vignetting disappear, and post-processing is a simple matter of levels, curves, and resizing.

The following image is evidence of this. It's a single 2-minute exposure with very little processing.

The central portion of our Milky Way Galaxy as imaged from a dark sky location in the Mojave National Preserve.
Taken with a Canon EOS 60Da, EF 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens at f/3.5, ISO 1250, 120 seconds.
Tracking was done with an iOptron SkyTracker with Manfrotto ball head and tripod.