Deep-Sky Image of the Week – Astrophotographer Alex Cherney

This week’s jaw-droppingly beautiful Image of the Week is from an accomplished imager based Down-Under, Alex Cherney.

I met Alex at the Starmus Festival held last June in Tenerife where I was a judge of the deep-space image submissions.  Alex’s hauntingly beautiful night-time time-lapse video taken on the south Australian coast was the highly-deserved overall competition winner.  Part of Alex’s prize for winning the competition was an hour’s imaging time on the biggest telescope on the planet – the Gran Canaria telescope on La Palma – and as I almost continually told poor Alex during the week on Tenerife, I wasn’t the slightest bit jealous or envious 🙂 🙂

Here are the image details as provided by Alex:

Date:  27/06/2011
Camera:  Nikon D700
Lens:  Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 @14mm
Exposure:  7x30sec, ISO 3200, f/2.8
Mount: Stationary Tripod
Post-processing:  Stacking  and de-rotation in DeepSkyStacker, further processing in Adobe Photoshop CS5
Link to blog article:

This image taken by the Gran Canaria telescope on La Palma shows the Zodiacal Light in what is probably the best representation of this phenomenon that I have ever seen.  Many thanks for sharing this magic moment with us all Alex.

Can I suggest you take a moment to look at the amazing time-lapse work on Alex’s web-site, it it truly inspirational.

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3 Responses to Deep-Sky Image of the Week – Astrophotographer Alex Cherney

  1. jim foster says:


    This really is a special image! Thanks to Alex for sharing his work and to you for publishing it.


  2. Harry Page says:


    Something different and very nice at the same time , I could only dream


  3. budguinn says:

    beautiful..I would love to give this a go someday….just need the time…oh, and the weather.

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