Chris Hetlage’s astrophotography is nothing short of stunning. His deep sky images of distant nebulae, star clusters, and galaxies will have you believing the he has a direct downlink from the Hubble Space Telescope. The truth is, he uses his own equipment out of a private observatory located in Georgia.
For this first set of images, we highlight the imagery that Hetlage’s Imaging the Cosmos website has produced of objects far out in the universe. Some of the subject matter in these images might be familiar to browsers of astronomy books worldwide, others might be totally new. In either case, the pictures produced by Imaging the Cosmos highlight the capabilities that even NASA has noticed.
On June 12 of this year, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day selected one of Hetlage’s images for their featured photo. That picture will be part of tomorrow’s lineup of solar imagery.