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Advanced Imaging Conference Newsletter
|AIC Volume 2, Number 4|
AIC Founder Honored
By resolution of the AIC Board of Directors, Steve Mandel, AIC Founder and former conference Chairman, will be honored in a special presentation at the opening of the meeting's general session on Saturday, October 31.
Six years ago, Steve nurtured the germ of idea to bring fellow astrophotoghers together for the purpose of sharing processing techniques and personal image acquisition experiences. This was envisioned to be a small weekend gathering of friends who shared a common fervor for our hobby. About seventy five people attended that first meeting in 2004 and each year the number of attendees enlarged- this fall, we are expecting almost three hundred participants.
Last year, as Steve handed over the conference leadership baton to the current AIC President, Ken Crawford, he also garnered two prestigious awards for his many other contributions to science and the astronomical community.
First, the American Astronomical Society, the leading organization of professional astronomers in the United States, presented Steve with their 2008 Chambliss Amateur Achievement Medal for his many contributions to wide field imaging as evidenced by his work on the Mandel-Wilson Unexplored Nebula project that identified extended far-red emissions from extremely low surface brightness interstellar clouds in the Milky Way.
Next, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific selected Steve as their 2008 Amateur Achievement Award recipient.
As is too often the case with enthusiasts, life's responsibilities sometimes have a way of taking precedence over astronomical activities and Steve discovered that he was no exception- his professional duties have required all his attention during the recent past. So, rather than allowing Steve to quietly slip into the night, the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference will recognize Steve's years of self-less dedication and his vision for organizing what has become the world's greatest gathering of astrophotographers under one roof. Please plan to be in attendance.
Submit your best images to the 2009 AIC Image Gallery now!
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.
Over Twenty Two Exhibitors will Show at the 2009 AIC Technology Showcase
One of the highlights of any Advanced Imaging Conference is the opportunity to see the latest astronomical gadgetry, software and speak with the principals who produce it. We're happy to report that the 2009 meeting will not be any different except we've expanded the area so there will be much more elbow room!
So far, twenty two of the world's leading image processing and control software developers, service providers and manufacturers have registered and will be on exhibit during breaks, lunches, following the Saturday night dinner and the Friday Night Founding Sponsor Reception. New to this year's Showcase will be Celestron and Atik Cameras. They will be joined by a host of others. Please click here for a current list of exhibitors who are planning to show- more are anticipated!
It should be noted that the costs associated with organizing and operating our annual conferences are far greater than the sum of registration fees charged to our attendees. The difference is made up by the generous support of our Sponsors and Vendors- without their financial support, the AIC would not be possible. You can show your appreciation through your patronage of the Technology Showcase Exhibitors.
2009 Advanced Imaging Conference: October 30- November 1, San Jose, California
Join us this fall to see and hear some of astro-imaging's best and brightest stars! Here's our full line-up of speakers and here's our agenda.
Book your Room for the Conference Now
A special negotiated conference room rate of $99.00 per night, single or double occupancy, is now available at the San Jose Doubletree Hotel, good for the nights of October 28 through November 2- covering the dates of our conference. Top obtain this rate, bookings must be completed no later than October 5, 2009- after that, normal hotel rack rates and availability will apply.
Booking your room is simple, just click here
Note: Only a limited number of rooms are available at this rate- when they are gone, they are gone.
Register for AIC 2009
Registration for the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference is still open but space is filling up quickly. As of early August, we are over 60% to full capacity! If you have not yet registered, we urge you to do so at your earliest convenience else you may find yourself on a wait list.
Our registration fees have not changed since 2007!
Here's the 2009 AIC Agenda for your review.
Tzec Maun- AIC Scholarship
This year, the Tzec Maun Foundation has generously joined with the AIC to sponsor two scholarships that may be used to attend the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference. Valued at up to $500, each scholarship includes full conference registration and up to $200 towards roundtrip airfare or ground transportation to and from the meeting. The scholarships are limited to educators and students.
To apply, select one of the following links that is most appropriate and complete the application (normally used to apply for use of a Tzec Maun Foundation telescope). Be sure to complete the field at the bottom of the page. Scholarships will be awarded based on the response submitted in this field.
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.
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