Here is a quick shot of M51 - The Whirlpool Galaxy. This is easy - you can do it, too...
This photo was taken using the smallest scope in my collection, the AT72ED AstroTech refractor. I love this little scope. Yes, it's little. But it's just perfect for this type of photographic adventure.
This is a stack of 19 x 1 min subs, ISO 1600, Canon 60D, AstroTech AT72ED. Stacked with MaximDL.
I'm sure I could do a lot better if I did this in the morning after sleep ... but you know how it goes ... :)