Originally Posted by maher_tyler
You can see the Milky Way with the naked eye if its dark enough. I was up in Sedona AZ and my wife and I went to this star gazing thing. The guy had a pretty good telescope. He pointed at a point in the Milky Way area. Through the telescope was stars every where. He said that every "star" was actually between 300-500 more stars. It's was pretty cool.
Every "star" you see with the naked eye is actually a galaxy, not 300-500 stars.
This is why I posted the link to astrosociety.org above. The posters they print show the progression from the naked eye to the Deep Field. It's surprising people haven't made the connection between stars and galaxies despite 18 years since the first Hubble Deep Field photos. It's just too awesome for some people to grasp I guess or just lack of exposure.
Here's another link to print Hubble photos: