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Advanced Imaging Conference Newsletter

AIC Volume 2, Number 2
Kent Wood Joins AIC Board

The Board of Directors for the Advance Imaging Conference is pleased to announce the membership of Kent Wood to our non-profit, annual conference organization.

Kent has been married for thirty-three years to his childhood sweetheart and their union has produced six(!) children. After practicing Dentistry for 22 years, he retired from that profession and embarked on a new career- Kent will complete his Master of Astronomy degree this semester. Interestingly, Kent is already teaching astronomy as an adjunct Associate Professor of Astronomy at Folsom Lake College. Although a resident of Folsom, Kent images from a remote site in Ione, CA. Kent's enthusiasm for astronomy is based on its ability to merge art and science while simultaneously strengthening his faith.

Kent will assume responsibilities for conference registration beginning with the 2009 meeting.



Private registration for 2009 opens in early June!

As a past attendee, watch your in-box for our invitation to join a private registration event for the 2009 conference that will be offered before we open the doors to the general public!

Attend AIC 2009 at 2007 prices! That's right, this year's meeting will have the same price we charged two years ago!
  • Friday only: $100
  • Weekend only: $250
  • Full conference, all sessions: $295
Stay at the conference hotel for a special conference rate of only $99 per night! (Rooms are limited.)

In the meantime, check out our new teaser!



New 2009 Conference Enhancements

  • Renew friendships, make new acquaintances and mingle with the best and the brightest in our hobby by attending the Friday evening Founding Sponsor Reception featuring a generous assortment of hot and cold hor'dorves and a cash bar. To keep this year's registration fees at last year's prices, attendance will be open to all conference participants for a small, additional fee. The balance of the cost for this new Friday event is being underwritten through the generosity of AIC's founding Sponsors who will also host this special reception- RCOS, SBIG and Software Bisque.

    The AIC extends its gratitude to these valuable suppliers without whose on-going support, our annual gatherings would not be possible.

    Look for more information and an opportunity to purchase a ticket when you register.


  • Many folks bring a spouse, friend or companion to the meeting who may not share the same level of fascination with our hobby. Last year, we offered a Saturday tour to San Francisco as a way to make the trip to San Jose more interesting for them.

    This year, we will be offering a special all-day Saturday tour to beautiful Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

    Departing Saturday morning by private, limousine coach from the hotel, your special someone will be treated to an exciting day-tour they will long remember after you return home. We'll also have them back at the hotel in time for dinner.

    There are a limited number of seats for this excursion, so availability will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please look for more information and an opportunity to sign them up when you register.


  • This year, you can include your traveling companion, who is not attending the conference sessions, as your guest at each of our included meals- Friday lunch, Friday reception, Saturday lunch and Saturday buffet dinner- for a reasonable one time fee to cover our actual cost. Please look for more information and buy a ticket when you register.


  • Join the AIC Directory of Astro-imaging Web sites. This year, you can add your web site name and URL to our new listing of the Best Astrophotography Sites on the Web. This will be a prominent feature on the AIC web site and include an SEO friendly link back to your home page.

    Look for the entry fields when you register for the 2009 conference.
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  • The Advanced Imaging Conference is expanding- literally! This year's conference will feature a more spacious meeting venue. Instead of packing both the Technology Showcase and General Sessions into the same space, the two will be separated to give everyone more elbow room! Beginning with the 2009 meeting, the downstairs ballroom at the San Jose Doubletree (our traditional meeting location) will be home to the Technology Showcase. Our general sessions will take place immediately above- upstairs in a similarly sized area. Registration will remain on the first floor.

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2009 Advanced Imaging Conference: October 30- November 1, San Jose, California

Planning for this year's meeting is almost complete. Join us this year to see and hear some of astro-imaging's best and brightest stars!
  • Workshops by:
    • NEW! Frank Barnes will guide you through the ends and outs of using CCD AutoPilot;
    • NEW! Steve Bisque will demonstrate and explain how to leverage the full potential of TheSkyX Professional Edition with your imaging projects;
    • Adam Block will focus his considerable experience on intermediate to advanced processing techniques;
    • Ken Crawford will give insight into his traditional and beautiful six filter narrow band imaging processes;
    • NEW! Alan Erickson and Aravind Krishnaswamy, two of the lead developers for Adobe Photoshop, will discuss shortcuts and other techniques tucked away in Photoshop that can turbocharge your processing skills with that application;
    • Tony Hallas will unlock the lid and share many of his amazing image processing methods;
    • Warren Keller will provide his highly-regarded Photoshop training for beginner and intermediate imagers;
    • NEW! Michael Sherick will describe how he uses CCDCommander to its best advantage and
    • Craig Stark will offer great, time-saving advice about auto-guiding.

  • General session presentations by:
    • NEW! Dr. Letty Wilson Bonnell (with her husband, APOD's Dr. Jerry Bonnell) will discuss the presence of visual elements in art and how they have relevance to astronomical imagery;
    • Tom Davis will discuss the unique challenges of and offer solutions for processing short focal length images;
    • Dr. David Martinez Delgado (IAC & MPIA) will describe his collaborative work in galactic archeology with the amateur astrophotography community;
    • R. Jay GaBany will describe techniques that can feed your eye tooth cravings;
    • Tony Hallas will give the 2009 Hubble Award Lecture;
    • Paul Mortfield will have you running back to your old data to unlock new discoveries;
    • Craig Stark will offer tips about watching the stars while watching your budget and
    • Volker Wendel will describe the techniques he has mastered over the years for bringing out the best in long focal length data.




2009 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!

To enter, follow our simple guidelines then upload your pictures to our server. It's fast and easy!

Click here! to get started.

Advanced Imaging Conference Presentation Archive

Remember, you can download and study the groundbreaking presentations that have been given at each of the Advanced Imaging Conferences over the years. Each presentation has been placed in our permanent archive and is now available for you to store on your local drive and review when you need them or when you have spare time. Access to the archive is available from the AIC web site but each link is presented below for your convenience. Each presentation is copyright material, so refrain from distributing them without permission from the author.

2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008






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