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|AIC Volume 5, Number 1|
Adam Block Steps Into the Hubble Award Spotlight
The Board of Directors of the Advanced Imaging Conference is pleased to announce that Adam Block has been selected, by unanimous vote, to receive the 2012 AIC Hubble Award.
Adam's life-long goal to be an astronomer began at the early age of 4 when his grandfather would show him the night sky over New England. After moving to Atlanta, his parents presented him with his first 4.5 inch telescope at age 9. A few years later, he attempted his first photographs through an 8-inch SCT. He experienced an epiphany during high school when he befriended the observatory director at Atlanta's Fernbank Science Center. Soon, Adam was a volunteer during the observatory's public nights.
Following high school, Adam studied astronomy and physics at the University of Arizona. He volunteered to operate Flandrau's 16-inch telescope for public viewing each week during his freshman year. He then became lead telescope operator for the Steward Observatory's 21-inch telescope on campus, presided over the University's Astronomy Club and helped install the club's 16-inch Newtonian instrument. For his efforts, Adam received an undergraduate teaching award from the University.
In 1996, after graduating from the Univeristy of Arizona with a bachelors in Astronomy and Physics , Adam was eager to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for the night sky. So, he commenced his professional astronomy career conducting public outreach programs and private astrophotography sessions at the National Observatory on Kitt Peak over a period of nine years. Since 2007, he initiated and continues to conduct one of the foremost public outreach programs for astronomy and astrophotography at the University of Arizona's Mount Lemmon SkyCenter outside Tucson.
Adam is well-known for his abilities to communicate complicated astronomical and astrophotographic concepts in easily relatable terms. Adam is also recognized as one of the world's premier astrophotographers.
The images produced from his public outreach programs and work with amateur astrophotographers have been published in popular magazines, books, posters, and appear throughout the Internet. His images have appeared on NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day" web site over 50 times and are considered references by both amateur and professional astronomers.
Adam will present the 2012 Hubble Lecture at the beginning of this year's Saturday session on October 27. Please join the Board in offering Adam your heartiest congratulations!
AIC 2012: Prepare to be Delighted
This year's conference is promising to be the best one yet! Join us to see and hear many of astro-imaging's best and most brilliant stars!
Our agenda is starting to firm and registration will be opening soon. In the meantime, here's a sneak preview with some of the speakers who will be appearing at this year's gathering, more speakers will be announced soon:
Tim Puckett Receives AAS Chambliss Award for 2011
Tim Puckett is a name that's familiar to many AIC Scintillion readers as the astronomy sales manager for Apogee Instrument products, one of the AIC's most faithful sponsors. Each year, Tim can be found manning the Apogee booth in the conference's Technology Showcase. Affable yet modest, Tim, like many other amateur astrophotographers, has a private passion for the night sky. In his case, Tim has spent years pursuing the discovery of super nova explosions in deep intergalactic space.
A pioneer in the field of amateur CCD astro-imaging, Tim Puckett has built several robotic telescopes and is the discoverer of over 200 supernovae. His work has been featured on air at: ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, BBC, Good Morning America, Discovery, and The Learning Channel. He's been published in 17 countries, and is a co-Author of The Art & Science of CCD Astronomy.
Earlier this year, Tim's perseverance and ingenuity was recognized when he was awarded the prestigious 2011 Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award from the American Astronomical Society. AAS president Debra Elmegreen made the announcement at this years January meeting. Read more about Tim's effort that lead to this achievement at Sky and Telescope.
The AIC board of directors expresses its heartiest congratulations! Well done, Tim!
Al Degutis Departs AIC Board
Sometimes the demands of career and family cause even the most avid astrophotography enthusiast to reevaluate their priorities. Such was the case for AIC board member Al Degutis who regretfully tendered his resignation earlier this year. Al will be remembered for his work as publisher of the annual AIC Program guides, logistical support during the meeting and his valuable judgement in decisions affecting the conference.
Al's departure was reluctantly accepted by the board of directors. His enthusiasm, energy and skills will be missed.
Plan to attend the ninth annual 2012 Advanced Imaging Conference
Mark your calendars, set aside Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28, 2012 and plan to attend the next Advanced Imaging Conference! Next year's meeting will convene at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara- the same hotel where the 2011 gathering took place.
Friday will be dedicated to workshops brimming with expert instructional advice covering image processing, data acquisition and the use of popular processing software applications. It's a treasury of information you'll find no where else on Earth!
The Saturday and Sunday sessions also promise an exciting constellation of Astro-imaging's brightest stars and, throughout the long weekend, AIC 2012 will showcase the latest technology from our community's leading vendors, manufacturers and service providers.
All meals will be included in the conference fee:
But, don't come alone! Bring your spouse, companion or your entire family and, for a small additional per person fee, they can tour the Bay area all day Saturday while you're at the meeting plus they can join you at every conference meal.
Remember, there are other great gatherings where you can shop for better equipment but only the Advanced Imaging Conference equips you to create better images!
Plan to be there!
Ron Wodaski's Zone System Bonus Content Now Available
Bonus content to accompany Ron Wodaski's Zone System book is now accessible online for AIC 2011 attendees.
These tutorials include lessons covering:
Due to it's size, this content is not downloadable but can be fully enjoyed with your web browser. To access this valuable material, please log onto the 2011 Conference Presentation Download site. Scroll to the page bottom for the link.
The 2011 AIC Image Gallery Now Online
The 2011 meeting offered attendees an opportunity to submit images for display during conference breaks, lunch and the Saturday night dinner. Again this year, the response was overwhelming to this invitation- we received dozens of beautiful pictures representing the current state of the art.
To preserve this great gathering of talent, the AIC has posted the third annual on-line gallery of astrophotographic images. Each picture is displayed in a random sequence. A control is provided to navigate through the list. Click on any image to open a viewer that will display the full image with high quality. Here's the link:
2011 AIC Gallery
2011 Presentation Downloads Available to Conference Attendees
A complete set of 2011 conference presentations is available for 2011 AIC conferees to download and review at their convenience. However, access to these files will remain limited to 2011 attendees until the second half of 2012 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.
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