About Me

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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.

Nightscapes Book Cover

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

22 comments on “About Me”

  1. […] Alan Dyer seconded that notion. Dyer is the author of a 290-page e-book called “How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse.” […]

  2. […] Alan Dyer seconded that notion. Dyer is the author of a 290-page e-book called “How to Photograph the Solar Eclipse.” […]

  3. Alan, I’ve purchased your book on upcoming solar eclipse and got a question while reading it. You mentioned what once you used Canon 60Da. Did you use a UV/IR filter for it when shooting the eclipse? I have myself a Canon 1000Da and I am going to use Baader AstroSolar Film. Do I need to put an UV/IR filter (it is easily doable, thanks to threaded T-adapter) or not?

    • Hi I don’t use any separate UV/IR blocking filter with my modified cameras as they already have them added in before the sensor replacing the stock IR block filter. Mine are not full-spectrum cameras with no filters. With those you would need an external filter. That said using a modified camera won’t make a big difference for totality as the prominences are so bright, and pink, as much of the emission is also H-Beta. But it won’t hurt to use one. Clear skies!

  4. Hi, I just read your ebook on shooting the upcoming solar eclipse and it has been a huge help. I would like to shoot closeups with a 400mm prime on a Nex 7. I have a sturdy camera tripod. Would using a barn door tracker on the tripod be a help in keeping the camera aimed properly?

    • Hi Jan. With that focal length and sensor size a tracker would be useful but only if it is solid and is still easy to precisely position the Sun. Practice with it on the Sun or Moon now. If it proves too shaky or hard to use, don’t use it! Practice!

  5. What about “Steve”?

  6. My husband and Imhave followed your work since we met you at The Reesor Ranch several years ago. It is awesome. We were wondering if you ever considered going to Stewart, B.C. We own a property up there and it is where my father and Uncle were born. There are amazing photography opportunities up there!

  7. […] 2014 Foto gallery A Retreating Thunderstorm at Sunset Image Credit & Copyright:  Alan Dyer(The Amazing […]

  8. […] cloud on the near end, while simultaneously producing falling rain on the far end.    Image © Alan Dyer (The Amazing […]

  9. […] Night sky photographer Alan Dyer available this timelapse montage during a Banff, Jasper and Waterton Lakes National Parks in a Canadian Rocky Mountains over a summer of 2014. […]

  10. […] Credit & Copyright: Alan Dyer (The Amazing […]

  11. Hi Alan,

    Great Northern Light Timelapse. I wondered, if you had the whole Timelapse sequence available in Fulldome?


    • Hi — Which image do you mean? I have some aurora shot with an 8mm fish-eye which would work for full-dome but all clips are very short.

  12. Wonderful shot of the Mammatus cloud on Nasa pic of the Day site….!!!

  13. Thanks for your picture today on http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ with the title A Retreating Thunderstorm at Sunset.
    It really is pointing us back to be amazed at what we can enjoy everyday by looking up. The sky above us.
    Looking forward to explore your website.

  14. Alan, would you give me permission to publish your beautiful image of Panstarrs http://spaceweather.com/gallery/full_image.php?image_name=Alan-Dyer-Comet-PANSTARRS-over-VLA-March-17-2013_1363586784.jpg at my Ison-Komet.de as 980x370px and as B=590px on http://www.ison-komet.de/aktuelles/ ? Clear Skies from Germany! Chris

  15. Fantastic pictures!
    All the best,

  16. […] Dyer of (amazingsky.net) took a great photo of this last night. Venus and Jupiter are the bright ones in the […]

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