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Exposure: Alex Cherney

Ever wanted to take photos of the stars? Alex Cherney shares his amazing portfolio of astronomical photos, and explains how you can do it, too.

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The bay

Alex Cherney

(Credit: Alex Cherney)

Photographer: Alex Cherney

Speciality: nightscapes, time-lapse photography, astro photography

Biography: Alex is an IT consultant during the day, and a keen astronomer and photographer at night, with a particular interest in time-lapse photography. He has had images published in various astronomy magazines, and has won a number of international awards.

Alex lives in Melbourne, and is an active member of the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society. He enjoys spending moonless nights observing and photographing the night sky, as well as helping people to get involved with astronomy at public viewing nights.

Awards: Starmus Astrophotography Competition overall winner (2011); International Earth and Sky Photo Contest by The World At Night, second prize (2011); The 2011 South Pacific Star Party AstroImaging competition, overall winner; David Malin Astrophotogrpahy Awards, Honorable Mention (2010); NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day: July 5, 2010; August 3rd, 2010; August 23, 2010; July 4th 2011.

Equipment: Nikon D700, Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, Nikkor 30mm f/1.4G, Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED Fish-eye, Sony NEX-5 (spectrum modified), SEL 18-55mm, SEL 16mm, 2000mm f/3.6 Newtonian telescope, Nodal Ninja 5 Panoramic Head, Stellarium, Nikon Capture NX2, Adobe Photoshop CS5 and PTGUI Pro.

Video interview

More of Alex's work can be seen on his website.

Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Pyramid Rock star trails

Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Setting moon and Venus

Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Planetary conjunction

Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Stairway to Heaven

Cape Schanck, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Sister of the sun

Lake Tyrrell, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Star trails

Lake Tyrrell, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Zodiacal light

Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Big sky

Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Moonset

Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Loch and gorge

Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Moonshine

Flinders, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 15 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1600

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Spear above Elephant Rock

Flinders, Victoria, Australia.

Exposure: 30 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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Galactic view from planet Earth

Parkes, NSW, Australia.

Exposure: 15 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1600

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Moonlit gumtrees

Parkes, NSW, Australia.

Exposure: 15 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 3200

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The Milky Way arch above the dish

Parkes, NSW, Australia.

Exposure: 15 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 1600

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