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  AIC Volume 3, Number 5
In this issue:
  • Hotel room rate jumps over $60 on September 21 more...
  • Send us your best shots before it's too late more...
  • Spotlight presentation speakers announced more...
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  • Evening opening session to honor 2009 award recipient more...
  • 31 exhibitors confirmed more...
  • Agenda, Fees and Hotel Information






  • Room Rates Increase from $99 to $160 on September 21

    If you've been procrastinating about registering for this year's meeting, here's one more reason to get off your good intentions:

    The AIC special room rate of $99 per night will soar to $160 per night after September 21.

    The Hyatt Regency Santa Clara features newly appointed rooms that were recently remodeled as part of a $12 million upgrade to the property. All rooms 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, you'll be treated to 25% discounts at the Evolution Cafe & Bar and TusCa Restaurant. Parking this year is free.

    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.


    Book your hotel room here!




    2010 Image Gallery deadline is September 30

    Send us your best shots and be included in the 2010 AIC Gallery! We can accept up to three images from each attendee but all pictures must be submitted no later than September 30.

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

    Click here! to get started.




    Spotlight Presentation Speakers Selected

    Michael Joner, John Smith and Bob Fera will be featured as the 2010 AIC Spotlight Presenters.

    This year, the AIC invited conferees who had registered to attend the annual event to make short presentations on a topic that would benefit the astrophotography community. Subjects could include but were 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 could not include topics that promoted specific products or services.

    Several proposals were submitted. Following is a synopsis of those that were chosen to speak:
    • Michael Joner, of the BYU West Mountain Observatory, will discuss the recent installation of the observatory's .9 meter telescope. Many readers may already be familiar with this instrument's capabilities through images that have been processed by world renowned astrophotographer and the 2007 AIC Hubble Award recipient, Rob Gendler. To view some of his spectacular images, click here
    • John Smith will inform you about the design, development, installation and control of a fully automatic, remotely operable exo-planet search facility located in New Mexico.
    • Bob Fera will share a few image processing techniques that have helped him produce many of his outstanding images.





    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.




    31 Exhibitors Confirmed

    Several more prominent vendors have registered to exhibit at the 2010 meeting since our last newsletter.

    These include Adobe, AstroHaven, Canon USA, Hotech, Officina Stellare, Optec, and StarlightXpress. See below for the full list.

    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 current exhibitors:
    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
  • Adobe
  • AstroHutech
  • Astrodon
  • AstroHaven
  • Atik Cameras
  • Canon USA
  • CCDWare
  • Celestron
  • Chronos
  • Finger Lakes Instrumentation
  • Fishcamp Engineering
  • Hotech
  • Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter
  • New Mexico Southern Skies
  • Oceanside Photo and Telescope
  • Officina Stellare
  • Optec
  • Orion Telescopes and Binoculars
  • Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc.
  • Starlight Xpress
  • 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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