I have been photographing the night sky for many years, but never with as much success as now with digital SLR cameras. My photos have been featured on Spaceweather.com, APOD Astronomy Picture of the Day, the Weather Channel, NBCNews.com, CBSNews.com, Earth&Sky, UniverseToday, The Guardian, and in National Geographic magazine, and many other magazines and calendars.
I also conduct frequent workshops on astrophoto techniques and image processing with Adobe Photoshop.
I recently retired from many years as a writer and producer of planetarium shows, most recently for the TELUS Spark science centre in Calgary. Over some 30 years of producing planetarium shows, my programs have played across Canada and in theatres in the U.S.
I am well-known in Canada as an astronomy writer, particularly in my role as associate editor of SkyNews magazine. I also serve as a contributing editor to Sky and Telescope magazine, writing reviews of equipment.
I have recently authored the ebook How to Photograph and Process Nightscapes and Time-Lapses, a 400-page ebook available at the Apple iBookstore.
I have also co-authored several best selling print guidebooks for amateur astronomers, including, with Terence Dickinson, The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, reprinted and revised in 2010 (Firefly Books).
I also authored several children’s book on space, notably Insiders: Space and Mission to the Moon, both for Simon and Schuster. A new children’s book about Stars was published in 2011.
I also contributed sections to National Geographic’s Backyard Guide to the Night Sky.
I am a frequent guest expert on local and national news media. As an amateur astronomer, my interests include astrophotography and deep-sky observing (I compiled some of the popular deep-sky observing lists in the annual RASC Observer’s Handbook).
I take the opportunity as often as possible to visit the southern hemisphere to pursue both observing and photography under southern skies. My other obsession, eclipse chasing, has taken me to every continent, chalking up 15 total solar eclipses — #15 was in the mid-Atlantic Ocean in November 2013. Asteroid 78434 is named for me – very nice!
— Alan Dyer, January 2015