Alan M. MacRobert became an amateur astronomer in 1965 and a Sky & Telescope subscriber in 1966. He joined the editorial staff in 1982 and is now a senior editor. Over the years he has played a role in practically every part of the magazine, especially upcoming celestial events, amateur observing projects, equipment tests, and news articles. He also has a big hand in Night Sky and this Web site.
Among his most popular articles have been the Star-Hopping series of 28 deep-sky tours, which he scouted using the 6-inch reflecting telescope he built at age 15. Many of these have been collected in his book Star-Hopping for Backyard Astronomers. More than a decade ago he built an observatory for his 12.5-inch f/6 reflector, shown here.
Before joining Sky & Telescope Alan worked as a reporter and editor for alternative newspapers. He earned a physics degree from Cornell University in 1972. He has contributed to Not Necessarily the New Age, The Fringes of Reason, and many other books and magazines. He makes radio and TV appearances, writes an astronomy column for the Boston Globe, and speaks at amateur astronomy gatherings. In 2003 the asteroid (10373) MacRobert was named in his honor.
Click here to watch a video interview with Alan MacRobert.