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Advanced Imaging Conference Newsletter

  AIC Volume 2, Number 5


Last Chance for AIC Room Discounts

Now is your last chance to attend this year's Advanced Imaging Conference and receive our special negotiated conference room rate of $99.00 per night, single or double occupancy, at the San Jose Doubletree Hotel. This rate can also be extended a few days before and after the conference. Top obtain this special price, bookings must be completed no later than October 5, 2009- after that, normal hotel room 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.




Our Monterey Tour now includes the Saturday night Buffet Dinner

This year, we're bundling our special Saturday day-tour for spouses, family members and traveling companions with our Saturday night all you can eat buffet!

That's right- your companion can enjoy the beauty of the California coast, Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea then attend our Saturday night feast for one low price- just $65!

Our tour includes escorted, roundtrip transportation by private coach limousine from the conference hotel, box lunch, tickets for the 17-mile drive, plenty of time to explore by foot and lots of unforgettable memories plus complimentary admittance to the Saturday evening meal, when they return.

Join the tour when you register for the conference or add it to your existing registration here.




Register Now for AIC 2009

This year's meeting is heavily focused on data acquisition and image processing- the nuts and bolts of the hobby that often proves vexing to everyone. We've arranged to have many of, if not, the world's leading exponents openly share their wisdom, experience and recommendations while you're having fun talking with old friends and making new acquaintances.

Your attendance at just one of our sessions can save you hours of frustration and help prevent you from making costly investments based on the wrong advice. Nowhere else will you find this level of astrophotographic expertise assembled in the same location.

If you consider yourself an astrophotographer or have that aspiration- this is the place to be!

But hurry! The AIC only happens once a year!

Registration for the 2009 Advanced Imaging Conference is still open but space is filling up quickly. As of mid-September, we are 75% to our capacity!

Our conference fees have not changed since 2007!
  • Friday Workshops: $100
  • Weekend General Sessions: $250
  • Full Conference enrollment (Friday, Saturday and Sunday): $295 (you save $55!)
Registration fees include admittance to all applicable functions: the Friday workshops, the Technology Showcase, image submissions to the AIC Gallery, Friday and Saturday lunch and Saturday night buffet dinner. We accept all major charge cards, Paypal and personal check.

Take a look at the 2009 agenda here.



2009 AIC Image Gallery deadline is October 1!

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.



29 Exhibitors to Assemble 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!

Twenty nine of the world's leading image astronomical 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. Please click here for the complete list of exhibitors who will be at the meeting.

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.
  • Workshops by:
    • Frank Barnes will guide you through the ends and outs of using CCD AutoPilot;
    • 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;
    • 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 turbo charge 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;
    • Michael Sherick will describe how he uses CCDCommander to its best advantage and
    • George Sjoberg will explain how he gets the most out of ACP to gather imaging data.
    • Craig Stark will offer great, time-saving advice about auto-guiding.

  • General session presentations by:
    • Dr. Letty Wilson Bonnell (with her husband, APOD's Dr. Jerry Bonnell) will discuss the presence of visual elements in art and their 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 unlocking 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.





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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