what I do

About Alan Dyer

astronomy author, photographer and presenter

I am an author of astronomy books and magazine articles, and a photographer of the night sky. I also present astrophoto workshops and inspiring talks on astronomy and the wonders of the universe.

credentials

I am associate editor of SkyNews, Canada's magazine of stargazing, and a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine. My photos and videos have appeared on Spaceweather.com, Astronomy Picture of the Day, Universe Today, National Geographic, TIME, NBCNews, and CBSNews. I am a member of the The World at Night photo group. I am now retired from many exciting years producing planetarium shows for the theatres in Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Calgary, Canada. The main belt asteroid #78434 is named for me, a very nice honour.
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BOOKS and WRITING

I have written or co-authored several traditional print books on astronomy, notably the much-acclaimed The Backyard Astronomer's Guide, with Terence Dickinson, in print since 1992. I now author multimedia ebooks, such as How to Photograph & Process Nightscapes and Time-Lapses, greatly revised and expanded in December 2016.
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PHOTOGRAPHY

I specialize in photography of the night sky, both still images and time-lapse movies. However, within the field of astrophotography I have eclectic interests, photographing everything from moonlit nightscapes with time-lapse gear, to long exposures of the Milky Way and deep-sky wonders through telescopes. I have travelled the world – from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans – to photograph and experience total eclipses of the Sun from six continents and two oceans.
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TALKS and STARGAZING

I frequently conduct guided stargazing sessions under the night sky, for public and special interest groups, often in parks and at special events. I also present richly-illustrated talks suitable for all interest and age levels, touring the audience through the wonders of the night sky and the latest astronomical discoveries.
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WORKSHOPS

I conduct astrophoto workshops, in formats from hour-long talks to day-long seminars. These cover techniques for shooting nightscapes, time-lapse movies, and images of deep-sky wonders, plus the use of Adobe Photoshop and other specialized software for processing astrophotos and time-lapse sequences.
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BLOG and CURRENT SKY INFO

Click on the Button to go to my Amazing Sky Blog with my latest images and information about what's up in the sky. Subscribe to my Blog to receive updates.
Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for updates on what's happening in the sky and on my astro-adventures. Click on the Button below to download a free PDF of my 2017 Amazing Sky Calendar (it's a 26-megabyte download). It is © Alan Dyer and is for your personal use only, and is not for re-distribution. Thanks!
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VIDEOS

I participated in a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to complete a video tutorial series I wrote and hosted, and that is now being sold by All-Star Telescope. Click the link to order the videos, either as downloads or as shipped USB sticks, at the All-Star Telescope website.
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