CSIRO ASKAP Radio Telescope

October 1st, 2012

The monotonous flatness of the Western Australian outback is interrupted by the tall antennae of the Australian SKA Pathfinder Radio Telescope. The night sky is majestically dark with no man-made lights as far as eye can see. The dishes are slowly turning following the path of stars. It seemsĀ  like stargazer’s haven… Indeed I was very happy to be there filming the CSIRO ASKAP radio telescope under the night time sky during the new moon week of September 2012.

19960 images, 3 cameras, 5 nights — I hope you enjoy the time-lapse video (please put the sound on):

ASKAPĀ  is a very impressive instrument with 36 antennas, each 12 meters in diameter, spread out over 4,000 square meters and working together as a single instrument. Murchison Radio-astronomy observatory is one of the most radio-quiet places in the World and not many people come by. This footage may be quite unique because after the telescope testing phase is completed, any electronic equipment, including cameras, may not be used near the telescope.

It was an unforgettable experience — I stayed at the telescope during the day, helped scripting and testing the antenna movement for the night with CSIRO scientist Maxim Voronkov and just enjoyed the remote location with no mobile phones.

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Alex Cherney


8 Comments for this entry

  1. Dan Roman:


    Great video, thanks for sharing. What makes/models were the three cameras and what did you using for panning?


    • terrastro:

      Nikon D3S and D700. For panning I used Vixen Polarie – great device

  2. FLyingRoo:

    This made my day… thank you!

    P.S. I love the music too, can you tell me who is it?

    • terrastro:

      It’s “Human Imageination” by MAXX from Tunguska Electronic Music Society (see credits at the end of the clip)

  3. Dawn Brosnan:

    That was fabulous. I will be watching it again and again.

  4. Clive Bennett:

    I have loved this video for the last 6 months or more. It’s brilliant as it gives you a near perception of just how big our Galaxy is. If you allow your brain to give the sky some 3D perception, it allows you to see the depth of the Galaxy! Once you see it you are in immense awe at what you are seeing…

  5. Karen Fasano:

    Hi Alex,

    I saw your “Dance of the Dishes” video on the CWAS Awards site and that led me to your site. I am totally blown away by your photos and timelapse videos!

    Thanks so much for your beautiful inspiring work!


    • terrastro:

      Thanks Karen!

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