You see it, but not this bright or colorful. What you see, however, is real - an experience that can not be duplicated in print or on a computer screen.
When you first see an object, your eyes begin automatically sending more and more impulses to your brain so that the brain slowly reveals more visual information. This is actually a mental skill we automatically develop as a survival instinct! It has always been an essential skill in military training.
Actually seeing the object before or after seeing a book or screen image adds a whole new dimension to the astronomy experience. This picture of the Andromeda Galaxy (M-31) with its sidekicks M-32 and M110 is just a small example of beautiful object you can see through our telescopes.
I have seen many hundreds; they have become “old friends”.