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  AIC Volume 4, Number 5
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  • In this issue:
  • Submit your Best to the AIC Gallery more...
  • AIC 2011 Adds Nick Risinger to Agenda more...
  • AIC Offers Discount Coupon more...
  • Take the new AIC Survey more...
  • Saturday Tour highlights trip to Alcatraz more...
  • Friday workshops previewed more...
  • Stellar lineup planned for 2011 weekend sessions more...
  • 28 Exhibitors Confirmed for AIC 2011, More Expected more...
  • Book your room for AIC 2011 now more...
  • Download last year's presentations more...

  • Limited time offer: Register Now & Save $20!

    AIC 2011 Sponsors

    2011 AIC Image Gallery

    Let your light shine throughout the conference by sending us your best images for the AIC Image Gallery. Displayed throughout the conference during breaks, lunches and the Saturday night dinner, by the end of the meeting your work will have been seen over a dozen times by other meeting attendees- and they will become part of the AIC permanent collection on the AIC web site following the conference.

    This is not a contest, there will be no judges and no one will receive a blue ribbon. Instead, this is a celebration of our hobby and, as a result, everyone is guaranteed to be a winner! So, here's an opportunity for you to shine a spot light on your astrophotography talent! In fact, your most difficult challenge may be deciding which images to feature!

    This year, the AIC has partnered with Astronomy magazine so your images will also grace the magazine's website. Some images will also be featured on the homepage.

    To submit your images, click here and log-onto your Astronomy on-line account. If you aren't already a registered user, it's easy to create a new account at plus you'll get FREE access to all of Astronomy's Community areas. Magazine subscribers also receive access to exclusive on-line content.

    This year, there's no limit to the number of images you can submit! However, the AIC will select 4 to show throughout the conference and become part of our permanent collection.

    Once your images have been received, they'll be posted on for everyone to immediately appreciate! Don't miss this very special opportunity to let your light shine!

    But, Hurry! We need your images no later than October 15!

    Nick Risinger to Speak at AIC2011

    Nick Risinger has always gazed up at the sky. But last year the amateur astronomer and photographer quit his day job as a Seattle marketing director and lugged six synchronized cameras about 60,000 miles to capture an image of the entire night sky.

    Risinger set up his rack of cameras in high-elevation locales in the Western U.S. and South Africa, timing photo shoots around new moons when nights were long and dark. He programmed his six cameras to track the stars as they moved across the sky and simultaneously snapped thousands of photos.

    Then he stitched 37,440 exposures together into a spectacular, panoramic survey sky that he posted online in early May of this year. It instantly created headline news around the world!

    The photo reveals a 360-degree view of the Milky Way, planets and stars in their true natural colors. Viewers can zoom in on portions of the 5,000-megapixel image to find Orion or the Large Magellanic Cloud.

    Hear Nick's firsthand account about the challenges he faced and how he overcame them to produce this monumental mosaic at AIC 2011!

    In the meantime, you can visit and experience the wonder of the entire night sky for your self!

    AIC Offers Special Registration Savings

    From now through the end of September, you can save $20 off the regular $399 per person registration price for AIC 2011! Simply enter the following coupon code when you pay for your admittance: TAKE20OFF.

    So, if you've been undecided, act now and set aside the long weekend of Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6, 2011 and attend the 8th Annual Advanced Imaging Conference taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California!

    This year, Friday will be dedicated to workshops brimming with expert instruction covering image processing for both novice and advanced astrophotographers, tips on keeping your equipment in top condition plus advice on the use of popular processing software applications. It's a treasury of information you'll find no where else on Earth!

    Saturday and Sunday sessions also promise an exciting constellation of Astro-imaging's brightest stars and, throughout the long weekend, AIC 2011 will showcase the latest technology from our community's leading vendors, manufacturers and service providers.

    For times and more information, see our meeting agenda.

    All meals are included in the conference price:
  • continental breakfast on Friday;
  • full breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning and
  • both lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday.

  • Transportation between the San Jose International Airport and conference hotel will be provided free of charge and you'll be able to download each of the meeting presentations following the meeting.

    There are other great gatherings where you can shop for equipment but only the Advanced Imaging Conference equips you to create better images!

    Take the
    AIC Quick Poll

    If you have not yet decided to attend this year's meeting, what factors are affecting your decision? (Choose all that apply)

    What is your opinion about the length of the AIC conference?

    28 Exhibitors Confirmed, More Anticipated

    Unlike other big name national and regional astronomy events, the Advanced Imaging Conference is built around the sharing of information, ideas and techniques about astrophotography.

    However, the cost of organizing, promoting, up-front funding and managing the annual get-together is greater than the attendee registration fees can support. So the AIC also features a Product Showcase packed with the world's leading manufacturers, retailers and service providers. Their fees help offset costs and make each AIC possible.

    This year will be no exception. 28 Sponsors and Vendors are planning to exhibit. More are expected.

    In past years, many have offered exclusive discounts to AIC conferees during the meeting- hopefully, many will do the same this year, too. The AIC encourages you to patronize these fine establishments, especially in between sessions. This year, the Product Showcase will be open during the Friday afternoon workshops for those who want to shop.

    Here' a list of exhibitors who have already registered:
    Founding Sponsors
  • RC Optical Systems
  • SBIG
  • Software Bisque

  • Editorial Sponsors
  • Sky & Telescope
  • Astronomy Magazine

  • Sponsors
  • Apogee Imaging Systems
  • Astro-Physics
  • Celestron
  • DC-3 Dreams
  • Oceanside Photo and Telescope
  • Planewave Instruments
  • Vendors
  • AstroHutech
  • Astrodon
  • Astrophoto Insight Magazine
  • Canon
  • CCDWare
  • Chroma Technology Corp
  • Chronos
  • Finger Lakes Instrumentation
  • Fishcamp Engineering
  • Meade Instruments
  • Mt. Lemmon Sky Center
  • Officina Stellare
  • Optec
  • Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc.
  • Sierra Remote Observatories
  • Starlight Xpress, Ltd.
  • Woodland Hills Camera and Telescopes

  • Voyage to Alcatraz Island on the AIC 2011 Saturday Tour

    While you're settling into the weekend general sessions, let your wife, family members or traveling companion take a trip they will long remember by joining our special, all inclusive Saturday tour to San Francisco. This year, getting there will be half the fun, because our unique event includes a round-trip ferry ride to Alcatraz Island! As they progress across the water, our guests will be treated to a breathtaking, picture post card view of San Francisco from the middle of the Bay!

    Following this nautical adventure, our guests will experience luncheon at world famous Boudin Bakery, on the wharf over looking the water. Following that, there's an insider tour of the bakery's back room operation and time to explore all the San Francisco waterfront has to offer: Pier 39, the outdoor markets at Fisherman's Wharf and Ghiradelli Square.

    Our private, chartered motorcoach departs the conference hotel at 9:15AM Saturday morning and includes tickets and ferry transportation to Alcatraz Island, lunch at Boudin Bakery and snacks. Our guests will return by 5:00PM Saturday afternoon in time to join you for the AIC Saturday evening Banquet dinner.

    Tour participation also includes all AIC conference meals- a $275 value for only $75 per person. (Joining this tour/meal package requires each guest to submit a separate conference registration.)

    Click here. to join the tour. Please note: This special, value packed opportunity is limited to the first 25 participants.

    AIC Friday Workshops Will Transform Your Images

    Like monks in a cosmic monastery, astrophotographers often work alone with their instruments and computers searching for the truth in their data. Our pastime is a unique experience that enables us to explore the farthest reaches of outer space, the depths of our talents and, yes, the extent of our patience as we process our images. The long, often circuitous path from novice to advanced imager is littered with dust covered telescopes and unused cameras abandoned out of frustration with the extreme learning curve this hobby imposes. AIC Workshop sessions are designed to help you overcome many of the challenges everyone faces whether they are just starting out or possess many years of experience.

    This year, we've invited some of the hobby's foremost specialists to offer you a hand during the Friday Workshops at AIC 2011.

    For example, Adam Block, one of the planet's highest rated astrophographic authorities, will conduct a special two hour workshop for beginner enthusiasts that will accelerate their processing skills. Award winning R. Jay GaBany will offer processing advice for those who want to awaken their images and leading astrophotographer, Dr. Steve Leshin, will demonstrate the remarkable capabilities of PixInsight. Also included will be sessions led by filter guru, Dr. Don Goldman, regarding the use of narrow band filters to produce evocative images and Mike Rice, proprietor of world- famous New Mexico Skies, will share his experiences, diagnosis and remedies gleaned from maintaining over 20 world class telescope setups, to help you prevent or repair unexpected situations with yours.

    We've also added two more workshops that will help automate your data collection process so you can do other things, like get some sleep! Join John Smith, Founder of CCDWare, as he explains new functions of the completely re-written CCDAutopilot Version 5 and Bob Denny, Founder of DC3Dreams, as he walks you through ACP's dispatch-scheduled observing functionality that helps ensure you achieve optimal, fully automated imaging results.

    All workshops will repeat during the morning and afternoon on Friday.

    Book Your Hotel Room for AIC 2011 Now!

    Book your room now for this year's conference at the Four Diamond Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, located near Great America Amusement Park and just a few minutes from San Jose International Airport!

    Mark your calendars for November 4 - 6, 2011.

    We've arranged for a special AIC room discount of just $99 per night- our consecutive fifth year at this price! This special rate is only available when you book your room through this private AIC Hotel link- bookings made through on-line booking sites, such as Expedia, Travelocity or others, will not feature this special rate.

    Santa Clara Hyatt Regency features:
    • Special conference negotiated $99 per night room rate (our room rates have not changed in 5 years!);
    • Free parking for local attendees;
    • Upgraded meals throughout the conference including sit-down hot breakfasts;
    • Reasonable prices at the three on-property restaurants featuring Sushi, classic American or Mediterranean cuisine;
    • Complimentary shuttle service from the San Jose International Airport to the hotel;
    • Newly appointed rooms- the hotel recently completed a $12 million renovation bringing it to Hyatt standards;
    • Quiet, restful nights- the hotel is situated far from major sources of noise pollution such as freeways;
    • Conference functions will take place at the adjoining Santa Clara Convention Center
    • ...and more

    Experience an Information Explosion during AIC Weekend Sessions

    Advanced Imaging Conferences can be an exhausting experience and this year's gathering will be no exception! Our weekend sessions will feature a waterfall of new ideas and useful, stimulating information that will leave you amazed, reinvigorated and highly motivated to take your next picture!

    This year's agenda features the Hubble Lecture by the 2011 Hubble Award recipient, Ron Wodaski, first thing Saturday morning. Ron's presentation will be followed by a constellation of stellar speakers including the sage advice of Dr. Steve Cannistra who discusses effective techniques that enhance wide field astro-photography and Alnitak Astrosystems Co-founder Peter Kalajian, who will take the mystery out of flat fielding.

    Nick Risinger will describe his adventure creating a 5,000 megapixel all sky mosaic and the Saturday meeting will also feature three Spotlight presentations by Mars mission image processor, Joel Hagen; Dean Salman, the inexhaustible Sharpless catalog documentarian and the world's foremost star stream expert, Dr. David Martinez-Delgado.

    If that's not enough, Paul Jones, the highly regarded telescopic optician, will explain optical measurements used to grade the quality of our instruments and Dennis di Cicco, Sky and Telescope's award winning astronomical editor, author, astrophotographer and telescope maker will describe his latest, amazing ultra-wide field project.

    Plus, Dr. Alex Filippenko, Distinguished Professor of Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley, sought after lecturer, author, celebrated astronomy popularizer, award winning teacher and researcher will join our proceedings, expand your understanding of the Universe and fill your mind with wonder. His session is not to be missed!

    2010 Presentation Downloads Available to Conference Attendees

    A complete set of 2010 conference presentations is available for 2010 AIC conferees to download and review at their convenience. However, access to these files will remain limited to 2010 attendees until the second half of 2011 and require the submission of a username and password.

    All previous year's presentations remain unrestricted for download and study. Following is a list of links to each of the AIC's presentation archives.

    2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

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