The center of our galaxy is a mass of stars and dark clouds of dust. When the dust obscures the stars we can see the enigmatic dark nebula silhouetted against the stellar background.
Visible in this photo are B72, NGC6369, B68, B69, B70, B71, and many others.
Canon 20Da DSLR camera mounted on a Televue-76 APO telescope with a 0.8x focal reducer/field flattener. Single 8 minute exposure at ISO 800. Taken at Casitas de Gila, outside of Silver City, New Mexico.