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  AIC Volume 3, Number 4
In this issue:
  • Hotel discount room rate to expire soon more...
  • Public shutout of 2010 downloads more...
  • Foundation scholarships still available more...
  • AIC Interviewed by popular blogger more...
  • Spotlight presentation deadline extended more...
  • Evening opening session to honor 2009 award recipient more...
  • AIC gallery will showcase best images more...
  • Spouses to visit SF hotspots more...
  • 24 Exhibitors confirmed, more expected more...
  • Agenda, Fees and Hotel Information

  • Discounted $99 Hyatt Room Rate Expires Soon

    For the fourth consecutive year, the AIC is offering a special discounted room rate at the conference venue of only $99 per night. This year's move to the 4 Diamond Hyatt Regency Hotel in Santa Clara, California makes this price even more attractive. Conferees can also extend their stay by arriving early or checking out later and receive the same discounted price based on the hotel's availability.

    Newly appointed rooms were recently remodeled as part of a $12 million upgrade by Hyatt. They feature Hyatt's famously plush beds that guarantee a great night's sleep, 32-inch HDTV's, guest robe, in-room safe, wired and wireless high speed Internet access and sweeping views of the Silicon Valley. In-room wireless Internet access is optional at a conference discounted rate of only $2.50 per day (normally $9.50). Free wireless Internet access will be available throughout the Conference venue.

    Plus, attendees will be treated to special discounts at each of the hotel's restaurants and bars. Parking this year is free for those who drive to the meeting.

    However, the AIC discount price of only $99 per night will expire on September 21. Reservations made following that date will be subject to the hotel's regular rates of $160 or more.

    2010 Downloads Will be Limited to Attendees

    For the past six years, the AIC has posted copies of its speaker and workshop presentations on-line at and made them accessible for download to both conference attendees and the general public. These documents form a vast treasury of astro-photographic knowledge that is available nowhere else.

    However, presentations from the 2010 sessions will be only available to those who attend this year's meeting. A secure log-in interface will greet anyone who attempts to download the presentation files. 2010 attendees will receive an email, shortly following the meeting, with the necessary instructions to gain access. Public access to the files will not be available until sometime in the second half of 2011.

    There are no plans to make the files available for purchase by non-attendees.

    Foundation Scholarship Funds are Still Available

    For the second year, the Tzec Maun Foundation has generously joined with the AIC to sponsor two scholarships that may be used to attend the 2010 Advanced Imaging Conference. Valued at up to $500, each scholarship includes full conference registration, hotel accommodations during the meeting 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.
    If you do not qualify, please pass this information to someone who would benefit from the opportunity of attending our conference this fall.

    AIC Interviewed by Popular Astro Blogger

    Recently, the AIC received a request from astro-blogger Ken Hudson for an interview about this year's meeting. Ken manages the popular blog called Share Astronomy.

    Our responses to Ken's questions are an excellent FAQ about this year's conference.

    So, if you're curious about what's being planned for the 2010 annual event, click here for answers. The AIC wishes to thank Ken for providing this opportunity!

    Spotlight Presentation Deadline Extended

    This year, the AIC introduces a special opportunity for you to step on stage and into astrophotography's brightest spotlight!

    The 2010 meeting agenda has four 15 minute Spotlight Presentation openings during the general session that will enable you to give a short prepared presentation on a topic that can benefit the astrophotography community. Subjects can include but are not limited to:
    • Unique processing techniques;
    • Collaborations between amateurs or between amateurs and professionals;
    • Custom solutions to common image acquisition problems or
    • Challenging observatory and equipment solutions.
    AIC Spotlight Presentations cannot include topics that promote specific products or services.

    Submit your Spotlight Presentation proposal to the AIC Now! The submission period has been extended until September 6.

    It's easy to submit. Here's how:
    • Send an email to
    • Include a brief explanation about your proposed topic
    • Include your web site URL and a phone number where you can be contacted
    Final selections will be announced in early September.

    Opening Session to Honor 2009 Pleiades Recipient

    The 2010 AIC opening session will take place Friday evening, following the dinner (included in your general session registration fees).

    This year's opener will feature remarks and a preview of the weekend general session by AIC President, Ken Crawford, followed by short presentations from the Sponsors of this year's meeting and ending with a tribute to the 2009 Pleiades Award recipient, Daniel Marquardt, who passed away at the end of last year.

    2010 Image Gallery Will Feature Best Attendee Images

    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 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! The AIC can accept up to three pictures from each attendee.

    Click here! to get started.

    Spouses Enjoy Sightseeing During Conference

    Bring your spouse or a traveling companion to this year's meeting and we'll help keep them fed and entertained while you're in session with our special Saturday trip, this year, to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park- home of the world famous Science Academy and Zoo!

    This special tour includes round-trip transportation from the hotel, tickets to the Academy of Science or San Francisco Zoo with over four hours to enjoy them, afternoon snack and a memorable sightseeing trip across the Golden Gate Bridge with ample opportunities for photographs.

    Plus, the $75 per person cost for this tour includes all conference meals (worth almost $200), too-
    • Friday continental breakfast,
    • Friday lunch,
    • Friday dinner,
    • Saturday full breakfast,
    • Saturday dinner and
    • Sunday full breakfast.
    AIC can be a great time for everyone! Make your Saturday Tour bookings when you register for AIC 2010.

    24 Exhibitors Confirmed, More Expected

    Unlike other big name national and regional astronomy events, the Advanced Imaging Conference is built around the sharing of information, ideas and techniques about astrophotography.

    However, the cost of organizing, promoting, up-front funding and managing the annual get-together is greater than the attendee registration fees can support. So the AIC also features a Product Showcase packed with the world's leading manufacturers, retailers and service providers. Their fees help offset costs and make each AIC possible.

    This year will be no exception. 24 Sponsors and Vendors are planning to exhibit. More are expected, also.

    In past years, many have offered exclusive discounts to AIC conferees during the meeting- hopefully, many will do the same this year, too. The AIC encourages you to patronize these fine establishments, especially in between sessions. This year, the Product Showcase will be open during the Friday afternoon workshops for those who want to shop.

    Here' a list of exhibitors who have already registered:
    Founding Sponsors
  • RC Optical Systems
  • SBIG
  • Software Bisque

  • Editorial Sponsors
  • Sky & Telescope
  • Astronomy Magazine

  • Sponsors
  • Apogee Imaging Systems
  • Astro-Physics
  • DC-3 Dreams
  • Lightbuckets
  • Planewave Instruments
  • Vendors
  • AstroHutech
  • Astrodon
  • Atik Cameras
  • CCDWare
  • Celestron
  • Chronos
  • Finger Lakes Instrumentation
  • Fishcamp Engineering
  • Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter
  • New Mexico Southern Skies
  • Oceanside Photo and Telescope
  • Orion Telescopes and Binoculars
  • Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc.
  • Woodland Hills Camera and Telescopes

  • 2010 Agenda Highlights

    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! Here's our full line-up of speakers and a link to the agenda.
    • Workshops by:
      • Steve Bisque will demonstrate and explain how to leverage the full potential of TheSkyX Professional Edition with your imaging projects;
      • Bob Denny will show you how to fully automate image acquisition with ACP;
      • Neil Fleming will guide you through the fundamentals of narrow band imaging;
      • Doug George will walk you through the latest version of his Maxim DL image processing application;
      • Don Goldman will de-mystify image processing and help new imagers overcome common hurdles of producing great pictures;
      • Tony Hallas will step through advanced image processing techniques that will take your images to the next level;
      • Zolt Levay & Lisa Frattare will explain how to download and process data from the Hubble Space Telescope archive;
      • Brad Moore will show how to optimize your entire image train and improve your data collection;
      • Stan Moore, will illuminate the latest enhancements found in CCDStack V2;
      • John Smith & Steve Walters help you plan and obtain data through automation.

    • General session presentations by:
      • Russ Croman will make a rare appearance and present the 2010 Hubble Lecture;
      • Rogelio Bernal Andreo will discuss wide field image acquisition and his unique processing methods;
      • Al Kelly will help you reproduce accurate color in your images;
      • Todd Klaus will explore the parallels between the Kepler Mission and backyard imaging;
      • Zolt Levay & Lisa Frattare describe their role in making the IMAX film "Hubble 3D";
      • Kevin Nelson will explain how CCD chips function and provide a glimpse into the future of digital sensors;
      • Martin Pugh will offer insights into the creation of high resolution images and
      • Spotlight Presentations will present four special talks by leading imagers in our community.

    2010 Registration Fee Schedule

    Register and join us this year for AIC 2010. Conference rates are per person.
    • Friday workshops:$150
    • General Session (Friday night, Saturday & Sunday): $275
    • Full Conference: $345 (you save $80!)
    Registration fees include:
    • Free ground transportation between San Jose International Airport and the conference hotel
      • Thursday, October 21: limited to every half hour between 4:00PM and 9:00PM
      • Sunday, October 24: limited to every half hour between 12:00PM and 3:00PM
    • Admittance to conference venue, workshops and/or general session;
    • Admittance to the Technology Showcase;
    • Meals
      • Friday workshops: Continental breakfast, Lunch
      • General Session: Friday dinner, Saturday full breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Sunday full breakfast
      • Full conference: all of the above
    • Free parking at the hotel
    • Discounts at hotel restaurants
    • Souvenir program guide
    We accept most major charge cards, Paypal and personal check.

    2010 Hotel Venue

    Book your room now for this year's conference at the Four Diamond Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, located near Great America Amusement Park and just a few minutes from San Jose International Airport!

    We've arranged for a special AIC room discount of just $99 per night- our fourth year at this price! But hurry, this special rate is limited- once our room block is sold out, it's gone! The AIC 2010 rate is only available when you book your room through this private AIC Hotel link- bookings made through on-line booking sites, such as Expedia, Travelocity or others, will not feature this special rate.

    AIC 2010 at the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency features:
    • Special conference negotiated $99 per night room rate (our room rates have not changed in 4 years!);
    • Free parking for local attendees;
    • Upgraded meals throughout the conference including sit-down hot breakfasts;
    • Reasonable prices and special conference discounts at the three on-property restaurants featuring Sushi, classic American or Mediterranean cuisine;
    • Complimentary shuttle service from the San Jose International Airport to the hotel;
    • Newly appointed rooms- the hotel recently completed a $12 million renovation bringing it to Hyatt standards;
    • Quiet, restful nights- the hotel is situated far from major sources of noise pollution such as freeways;
    • Special tee times and discounted rates at the Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club located adjacent to the hotel;
    • Conference functions will take place at the adjoining Santa Clara Convention Center
    • ...and more

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