About My Blog

Focal Length:26mm
Shutter:30 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

WELCOME … to a my blog I started in February 2011 to complement my photo gallery site Amazing Sky.Photoshelter.com that features searchable galleries of hundreds of my astrophotos. Also, please visit my main website AmazingSky.com. 


In this blog I present information about current sky events, and amazing things to see in the night sky.

I illustrate the entries with an eclectic mix of favourite and recent images, from shots of daytime phenomena to long-exposures of deep-sky objects. All are taken with amateur telescope gear and digital SLR cameras.

The photos are accompanied by stories, tips and techniques from my astrophotography exploits, both at home and from trips around the world to shoot the sky.

For more information about photo techniques see my new ebook, How to Photograph and Process Nightscapes and Time-Lapses.

Nightscapes Book Cover

I hope you enjoy the blog. Please leave comments or questions or sign up to subscribe to news of new entries, via e-mail notices.

Thanks for stopping by! Clear skies!

— Alan Dyer

updated January, 2015

Alberta, Canada

15 comments on “About My Blog”

  1. Hi Alan, Were you in Diyarbakir to see the eclipse in 1999?

    • We drove thru there on the way to Hasenkayef, and the historic fortress there where we viewed the 99 eclipse. It was +45 C as I recall and cooled off to +35 C during the eclipse. It felt just comfortable.

      • It did cool off quite a bit. I was in a large plain outside of Diyarbakir, with a clear sky. The Shadow Bands were very distinct, and about 30 meters apart, moving rapidly; almost too fast to see. I was surprised that the cause of them is still not clearly settled, and that so few good pictures of them exist.

        Your sky photos are incredible!

  2. Alan, Please contact me so I can invite you to our astronomy group to observe some evening. Use this email or call me at 575-694-5577.

    Regards, Charles

    • Hi Charles — Tom was already in touch with me and we’ve arranged for a possible evening coming up, weather dependent. Or in the week following at the coming dark of the Moon. Hope to see you then. Thanks!

  3. Amazing images Alan! Thank You!

  4. Dear Alan.

    I wanted to notify you that i have used one of your gorgeous shots in a music video. Please know that i have given full rights to you and have added your website to the information below said video. I hope you are OK with this, if not please let me know and I”ll remove it right away. Thank you!

    Kind regards from the Netherlands,


  5. Alan, your image today on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day site is absolutely amazing. Keep up the excellent work!

  6. Lance — the Dynamic Perception dolly works quite well bar for some occasional glitches I’ve found when getting a sequence going — the exposure trigger sometimes does not fire properly for the right length of time and in sync with the movement. Rebooting and retrying seems to fix it. It is an early version (less than v 1) of the firmware. So presumably it will improve. The hardware is excellent.

  7. Enjoy all you photos, very inspirational. I also though your workshop on October was excellent. How is that Dynamic Perceptions rig working for you? I’m about to order mine in the next day or so.

  8. Hi Alan,

    I purchased the original edition of Backyard and now have the 3rd edition. I have a TMB 80mm scope that I bought 2 yrs ago. I do not have an equatorial mount for it and am looking for one. Wondering about the Celestron 9.25 CGEM, to get object search, bigger views and a place to mount the TMB. Thoughts, ideas?

    Thank you for the excellent work that you and Mr Dickinson have accomplished. I live in Vermont by the way, so still enjoy fairly dark skies.


    George Dean

    • Hi George,

      The Celestron CGEM mount is an excellent choice for a sturdy but relatively low cost equatorial mount that will work for astrophotography.

      I tested one a few months ago and used it with apo refractors and Celestron’s NexGuide autoguider and it worked great. You can put a variety of tube assemblies on it via the Losmandy dovetail system it accepts.

      Hope this helps.

      — Alan

  9. Alan: following your advice, I took some wide-angle shots of the southern Milky Way that looked amazing right out of the camera! I have not yet had a chance to process them. Thanks for your inspiring work and for sharing your philosophy and tips. Dave

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