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My passion is teaching astrophotography that inspires others to explore the night sky

"Share the Experience"

Since starting photography as a hobby in 2005, my goal has been to create images and videos that inspire learning and appreciation for the outdoors, especially the night sky. I first attempted astrophotography in 2006 and was instantly hooked after I took an astronomy class. I began the learning curve of using a telescope, camera, and post-processing software to create photos that I could share with friends and family of objects in the Universe captured from my backyard!


Fast forward a few years, after finishing my Master's in Geology and Planetary Science in 2015, I served as an Astronomy Ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. I found an immediate enjoyment for outdoor education and little did I know that experience would change my photography career for the rest of my life. I was honored to have my astrophoto of Mount Rainier selected by the US Postal Service to become a Forever Stamp celebrating the National Park Service Centennial. To cap off that memorable teaching experience at Mount Rainier I received my first NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) of the Perseid Meteor Shower over Mount Rainier.


Currently, I continue my love for astronomy and education by working for PlaneWave Instruments installing telescope observatories for astrophotographers, researchers, and University clients around the world. I have spent thousands of hours perfecting my astrophotography and am grateful to have turned this passion into my career. The long hours couldn't be more rewarding watching client's put their newly learned skills to work and seeing the same excitement for their efforts that jump started me into this crazy lifestyle back in 2005!



I offer photography workshops at National Parks and international destinations. Looking to stay closer to home? I provide mentoring packages and tutorials to improve your photography skills.



I enjoy shooting night sky, landscape, and deepsky astronomy photography. Interested in image licensing and fine-art prints? Please send me an email via the Contact form.



Do you have a need for a guest speaker? As a former National Park Service Astronomy Ranger and Science Teacher, I love inspiring others through engaging presentations for all levels.


Follow along on Instagram @MattDieterich for my latest work.

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