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2017 Golden State Star Party - March 2, 2017

Registration for the 2017 Golden State Star Party is open.


Visit the GSSP website here.


For those of you who might not have their own observatory or access to dark skies, this event is a great opportunity.  GSSP runs from Wednesday June 21 to Sunday June 25 2017.


If you are interested in going to GSSP, let's consider camping as a group.  Leave a comment to this message if you are interested and I will get in touch.


Jim Goodenough, AIC Board Member


Plan to Attend AIC 2017 - January 31, 2017

Mark your calendars, set aside Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2017 and plan to attend the next Advanced Imaging Conference! Next year's meeting will convene at the San Jose Convention Center in downtown San Jose, California.



Friday morning and afternoon will be dedicated to workshops brimming with expert instructional advice covering image processing, data acquisition and the use of popular processing software applications. Then, the Friday night general session will feature presentations by the community's best and brightest stars!


Saturday and Sunday will also be packed with workshops from the hobby's best practitioners and, throughout the long weekend, AIC 2017 will showcase the latest technology from our community's leading vendors, manufacturers and service providers.


Saturday night will also include a special cocktail party, included in your registration fee, for the attendees.


Remember, AIC isn't just for experts or deep space imaging enthusiasts. AIC 2017 will cover the entire gamut of astrophotography: deep space, planetary, solar, cometary and both photo and video TWAN-style imaging.


But, don't come alone! Bring your spouse, companion or your entire family and, for a small additional per person fee, they can join our all day Saturday tour while you're at the meeting.


Registration will open in in just a few weeks.

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Username / Nickname: Jim Goodenough

I am looking forward to AIC 2017.  I have only been to one previous conference.  Just like my experience with astrophotography, I hope to learn more at a second event.  It seems like this passion requires patience and repetition.


Do you display your Astrophotography? - January 14, 2017

Double ClusterI am curious if after all the imaging, stacking, and processing if you display your images.  I am thinking either online or framed in your home or office.


For me, I do both.  I have several sites including social media where I post my photos, and I have a wall in my bedroom and also in my living room where I have framed the work.


I've purchased large format images either from the camera store or Costco (polished aluminum surface) that are reserved for my best of the best.


How about you?


Jim Goodenough, AIC Board Member


- December 12, 2016

Whilst this won't be as poignant as our AIC President Esq. Jay GaBany's holiday greeting is, I'd like to send out my personal wishes to my hundreds of friends in astrophotography, for a merry happy holiday season, and a safe, healthy, positive, and productive new year! We on the board of the AIC, are gearing up to make the 2017 meeting a highly substantive and enjoyable one for you. Keep in touch, clear skies, and here's sending lots of ancient photons your way!

Best, Warren Keller- AIC board member  


NGC 1365- SSRO

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Username / Nickname: Lis
Wonderful! Thank you all for starting this blog with such great description! Looking forward to read more of your words! Happy Holidays, Lis


Being the Ghost of Christmas - December 12, 2016

Since Gutenberg's invention, millions of books have been published. Most are luxuries that add to a library already filled with good reading material but only a handful can be regarded as essential, compelling, necessary or must-reads. There are scores of favorites which enlarge our world view, deepen our understanding of the human heart, entertain through clever plots or intrigue with thoughtful prose. But there are scant few that universally embody the truth and when considering the truth, cause us to immediately recall the story. King Midas, the Grasshopper and the Ant represent two while others, like the Prodigal Son and Cain and Able, occupy the pages of scripture or, Prometheus, for example, lives in the lore of myth.


Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is one of these stories, too.


Self published by the author on December 18, 1843, within six days it has sold over 6,000 copies (which were subsequently pirated so that its initial distribution extended far beyond this number). It's a wildly imaginative narrative that celebrates Christmas in a most un-Christmas-like manner by summoning three ghosts who advocate for universal charity. Within its pages we watch as the main protagonist, a man of wealth who does not know how to enjoy the benefits of his accumulated treasure, learns to shed his avarice, share his good fortune and to have fun while doing it.


More than just a morality lesson, A Christmas Carol celebrates the joys of merriment, of bringing happiness to others and making otherwise common moments memorable. Scrooge's final triumph unfolds when he stares into his own grave and, instead of despairing, vows to live the remainder of his life to the fullest. By watching his transformation, we recognize our heart is likewise cold and thus, the three spirits of this timeless tale help emancipate us, too.


I have found that compassion, generosity and selfless giving, entreated so effectively by Dickens' short novella, thrives within the ever growing global community of astrophotographers, not just during the year-end Holiday Season, but all year-round! They are an all-volunteer group of explorers who pluck stars from the heavens with cameras and telescopes, coax the truth out of shadows and offer encouragement to others without expectation of reciprocation. This is the heart of A Christmas Carol's message and this great gathering knows how to keep the spirit of Christmas well, if any group or assembly ever possessed the knowledge!


To this throng I and the AIC board of directors wish Good Cheer and hope that you have a Dickens' of a Christmas both this Holiday Season and throughout the year!





Welcome - November 29, 2016

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