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The Milky Way Galaxy sets at Lake Tekapo in South Island of New Zealand. When I look at this image I can't help but wonder what methane lakes on the largest Saturn's moon Titan might look like...

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As nearly full Moon rose at the opposite horizon, for a fleeting moment snowy peaks of Mount Treble Cone looked like they were set alight. I was lucky to be by the camera and witness that rare and wonderful sight with the Milky Way galaxy slowly fading into the moonlit sky. With a bit of imagination one can see an outline of a Kiwi bird traced by the dust lanes at the bottom of the Milky Way core and bright planet Mars was right at the bird's eye that night. Saturn can also be seen underneath it. I hope you enjoy the view 🙂

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Fire Mountain

As nearly full Moon rose at the opposite horizon, for a fleeting moment snowy peaks of Mount Treble Cone looked like they were set alight. I was lucky to be by the camera and witness that rare and wonderful sight with the Milky Way galaxy slowly fading into the moonlit sky. With a bit of imagination one can see an outline of a Kiwi bird traced by the dust lanes at the bottom of the Milky Way core and bright planet Mars was right at the bird's eye that night. Saturn can also be seen underneath it. I hope you enjoy the view :)The World at Night - TWAN

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Saturday, June 30, 2018

Early Morning

Jupiter, Venus and Orion rise above the Church of Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, New Zealand. When I was waiting for the planets to rise in the early morning twilight I cursed the fog which was too thick to see anything. But just at the right moment it thinned a bit and added colours to the stars in this eerie scene.
I hope you enjoy the view 😀

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Stairway to Heaven

Our Milky Way Galaxy rises behind Cape Schanck on Mornington Peninsula, Australia. The lighthouse, built in 1859, is gently illuminating the cape. I took this image a few years ago and unfortunately the scene looks much brighter now, after the upgrade to a super-bright LED beam light on the lighthouse.

Hope you enjoy this unique view 😉

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Our Milky Way Galaxy rises behind a stunning Cherenkov light detector dish, part of MAGIC telescope on La Palma, Canary Islands with a "twist" at the end of the video.

LaPalma is one of the best locations on Earth for astronomy with dark and clear skies above the clouds on top of a volcano. I shot this timelapse sequence in 2012 at Roque de los Mucachos observatory where I was collecting the prize for STARMUS astrophotography contest.

I was really lucky that the telescope was not operational due to the computer system upgrade andI could get close enough with my Nikon D700 and 14-24 lens. The camera was panning slowly on Vixen Polarie tracker but the batteries ran out just after halfway through the sequence. With another bit of luck it stopped just in the right spot in the frame and created an opportunity for some nice additive star trails.

I hope you enjoy it 🙂

La Palma Cherenkov Light Detector

Our Milky Way Galaxy rises behind a stunning Cherenkov light detector dish, part of MAGIC telescope on La Palma, Canary Islands with a "twist" at the end of the video.LaPalma is one of the best locations on Earth for astronomy with dark and clear skies above the clouds on top of a volcano. I shot this timelapse sequence in 2012 at Roque de los Mucachos observatory where I was collecting the prize for STARMUS astrophotography contest. I was really lucky that the telescope was not operational due to the computer system upgrade andI could get close enough with my Nikon D700 and 14-24 lens. The camera was panning slowly on Vixen Polarie tracker but the batteries ran out just after halfway through the sequence. With another bit of luck it stopped just in the right spot in the frame and created an opportunity for some nice additive star trails.I hope you enjoy it 🙂

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Thursday, June 21, 2018

Nocturnal Reflections
Stars and the Milky Way reflect in the ocean beach and salt lakes in Victoria, Australia.

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Nocturnal ReflectionsStars and the Milky Way reflect in the ocean beach and salt lakes in Victoria, Australia.⠀#timelapse #twanight #milkyway #nightsky #nightskyphotography #photography #astro #australia #victoria #australiannight #australiansky #astrophotography #astronomy

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Sunday, May 6, 2018

Farmland Aurora
A little Aurora action under the crescent Moon on a farm in Central Victoria, Australia

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Hiding Hunter

Setting Orion constellation shines through the branches of a gum tree. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I did from behind the camera 🙂

Victoria, Australia
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Lunar Diamond Ring

I thought my telephoto shots of the total lunar eclipse in January were ruined by the thin high clouds. But the cloud veil helped in this image, which somewhat mimics the "diamond ring" effect seen during the total solar eclipse.

It is soft and partially overexposed but I thought it looked atmospheric.

I hope you like it 🙂

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A time lapse animation of the January 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse from the Grampians, Victoria, Australia. Just over 2.5 hours of the eclipse from a mountain top enhanced by thin clouds. It was a great visual experience too!

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2018 - Total Lunar Eclipse #1

A time lapse animation of the January 2018 Total Lunar Eclipse from the Grampians, Victoria, Australia. Just over 2.5 hours of the eclipse from a mountain top enhanced by thin clouds. It was a great visual experience too!The World at Night - TWAN#TWAN

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Sunday, February 4, 2018

Orionid Meteor!

I was lucky enough to catch one grain of dust from Halley's comet on Saturday morning.
October 21st, 2017, Central Victoria, Australia

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Waiting for Orionids meteor shower last night.
Only got one before the clouds rolled but it was really enjoyable to be under the dark sky again 😉
The rocks look kind of interesting too. Mother seal with her pup or something else?

Central Victoria, Australia, October 21st 2017
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Minimalist Milky Way

Combining two of my favourite things in nature - our Galaxy and the Ocean. No other visual distractions...
July 2015.

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What can be better than finding a nice gap in the tree tops point the camera up, kick back and enjoy the views?
I hope you enjoy this brief time lapse of our Galaxy in motion framed by the Gum trees of the southern New South Wales coast 😉

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Look Up!

What can be better than finding a nice gap in the tree tops point the camera up, kick back and enjoy the views?I hope you enjoy this brief time lapse of our Galaxy in motion framed by the Gum trees of the southern New South Wales coast ;)The World at Night - TWAN

Posted by Alex Cherney (terrastro) on Thursday, August 3, 2017

Pleiades, Venus and Orion above the Pacific.
It was really great to see these jewels in the sky and and reflected in the wet sand just before the morning twilight. Yuri Beletsky was behind the rocks a few hundred metres away 😁

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Through the Gum Trees

Milky Way centre and Scorpius constellation are nicely framed by the eucalyptus tree tops.It surely felt great to look up and soak in the view!

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Winter Milky Way above the Pacific Ocean. The calmness of the still new Moon night is interrupted by an occasional powerful surf and what can be better than shooting nightscapes with Yuri Beletsky on the Southern New South Wales coast in Australia. Hope you enjoy the view 🙂

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Our galaxy makes a rather enjoyable backdrop under the nice dark skies above Lake Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand.

I quite like the new Samyang 14mm f/2.4 lens for nightscapes.

June 26, 2017

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A Night at the Grotto

Weather is magically peaceful and the stars shimmer above and below - reflected in the rock pools. The limestone stacks come to life under the first rays of the crescent Moon, rising in the East. The smartphone screen at the dimmest setting, gently lights up the grotto walls and cameras click away.

I wish more nights were like that...

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with Yuichi Takasaka

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Planets in the Moonlight

As nearly full Moon rose above the Eastern horizon, for a fleeting moment it painted the skies blue and the peaks of Mount Treble Cone red. Mars poses as an eye of a Kiwi bird traced by the dark and bright parts of the Milky Way and Saturn is below - right of the bright orange star in the heart of Scorpius.

It was a truly magical moment I experienced in September 2016 near Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand.

It makes a nice phone background too 🙂

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