ESOcast 28: How Amateur Astrophotographers Uncovered ESO's Hidden Treasures

The astronomy podcast featuring news and cutting edge science from ESO

19 April 2011

The observations from ESO’s powerful ground-based telescopes are veritable treasures, stored in a huge archive usually only visited by professional astronomers on a mission. And yet, an amateur astrophotographer from Russia managed to uncover a real gem from ESO’s Hidden Treasures, winning a trip to Chile to observe with the Very Large Telescope and take part in the observations.

How did he manage it? And could you do the same?

This podcast episode takes you behind the scenes of ESO’s Hidden Treasures competition and shows you how a group of determined and talented amateur astrophotographers managed to find and produce stunning astronomy pictures.

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Credit: ESO

Visual design and editing: Martin Kornmesser and Luis Calçada.
Editing: Herbert Zodet.
Web and technical support: Lars Holm Nielsen and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Oana Sandu, Sarah Reed, Olivier Hainaut and Herbert Zodet.
Narration: Dr. J and Gaitee Hussain.
Music: Werner Schill and movetwo.
Footage and photos: ESO, Mineworks, Stéphane Guisard (
and José Francisco Salgado (
Directed by: Herbert Zodet.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.


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ESOcast 28: ESO Hidden Treasures Competition
ESOcast 28: ESO Hidden Treasures Competition