Observatories Chile, by Martin Heck

An incredible timelapse journey to the ESO observatories in Chile, shot by Martin Heck.

Martin shared with us the following details on his video, which was polished using LRTimelapse:

Part two of a series of journeys to the big astronomical observatories of this planet. In this video: The Paranal Observatory and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array – ALMA. With some of the biggest ground-based telescopes on earth, the observatories of the European Southern Observatory in Chile are at the bleeding edge of astronomical research. These incredibly complex machines, operating synchronized and precisely in the very remote and hostile environments of the Atacama Desert and Andes, enable deep views into the universe.
All the sequences were shot in only 4 nights in total, but on two trips in 2017 and 2019.

Filmed and edited by Martin Heck:

Paranal scenes filmed for the documentary “Star Stuff” by Milad Tangshir ( Check out the trailer:
Produced by Davide Ferrario:
Special Thanks the Staff of PARANAL:

ALMA scenes filmed for the documentary “Eternal Sky” by Debra Kellner:
Special Thanks to the Staff of ALMA:

Music: “Chasing Time” by David A. Molina

Shot in June 2017 at the Paranal Observatory and in July 2019 at Paranal and ALMA

Cameras: Nikon D850, Sony A7R3, Sony A7R2, Sony A7s, Canon 6D
Lenses: Zeiss Otus 28mm f1.4, Zeiss Milvus 35mm f2, Sigma 14-24mm f2.8, Sigma 14mm f1.8, Sigma 50mm f1.8, Sigma 60-600mm, Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, Tamron 100-400mm, Canon 11-24mm f4, Canon 70-200m f4
Motion-Control: eMotimo Spectrum ST4, Dynamic Perception Stage Zero slider
Edited in LRTimelapse, Lightroom, After Effects and Davinci Resolve


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