Contact us

Terence Dickinson

Terence Dickinson is editor of SkyNews, Canada’s national astronomy magazine. In the 1960s and 1970s, he was a staff astronomer at two major planetariums and, since then, has written 14 astronomy books and more than one thousand articles on the subject. His lifelong fascination with astronomy began at age 5, when he saw a brilliant meteor from the sidewalk in front of his home. At age 15, he received his first telescope (a 60 mm refractor) as a Christmas gift from his parents.

Dickinson has received numerous national and international awards, among them the New York Academy of Sciences book of the year award and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award for communicating astronomy to the public. Asteroid 5272 Dickinson is named after him. In 1995, he was awarded the Order of Canada, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He and his wife Susan, who has been production manager and copy editor for all his books, live under the dark rural skies of eastern Ontario.

Alan Dyer

Alan Dyer is a writer and producer of multimedia astronomy shows that have played in planetariums across Canada and throughout North America. He works days as a producer at the TELUS Spark science centre in Calgary. A former associate editor with Astronomy magazine, he currently serves as associate editor of SkyNews magazine and is a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope.

Dyer is widely recognized as an authority on commercial telescopes, and his reviews of astronomical equipment appear regularly in those publications. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Advanced Skywatching; Astronomy: The Definitive Guide; and Insiders: Space, a children’s astronomy book. Asteroid 78434 is named for him.

Dyer recalls, as a child, asking his parents’ permission to stay up late to watch the stars. At 14, using money he had earned from delivering newspapers, he purchased his first telescope, a 4.5-inch Newtonian reflector. His telescope collection has since grown to take over his house in the big-sky country of rural Alberta.


Recent books


The Universe and Beyond

favorite telescope

Astro-Physics 6-inch Apo

Favorite camera

Canon 7D (Hutech modified)

favorite observing site

my own Nightwatch Observatory

Best Observing experience

12 days at San Pedro de Atacama in Chile

about us, the authors

Over the years we’ve received many great comments and suggestions to help improve the book. Many are incorporated into the Third Edition. Please continue to let us know what you think!

Click below to open an e-mail page to point out an error, make a suggestion, or send a comment or inquiry to the authors. We will attempt to answer all e-mails!


Recent books

Mission to the Moon (children’s)

Star: From Birth to Black Hole  (children’s)


Favorite camera

Canon 5D MkII (Hutech modified)

favorite telescope

TMB 92mm Apo

favorite observing site

the cottage at Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia


 This site works best with Apple’s Safari browser (Mac and Windows).     	Click on the icon to download it.
 Works well with Firefox and Google Chrome (Mac and Windows) but does not display some design embellishments. Ditto with Opera.
 Internet Explorer (6, 7, or 8) will have issues loading graphics-intensive pages. Every other browser is better and far more secure! See these expert opinions.