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  AIC Volume 3, Number 6
In this issue:
  • Airport Shuttle Operates Thursday and Sunday more...
  • Free Parking more...
  • General Registration Opens Friday at 7:30AM more...
  • Weekend Session Begins Friday night 8:00PM more...
  • Protect Your Valuables more...
  • Meals to be Amazing more...
  • 31 Exhibitors Attend AIC 2010 more...
  • AIC 2010 Promises Exciting Agenda more...

  • Special 2010 Conference Attendee Issue!

    Welcome to AIC 2010!

    It's Incredible, but AIC 2010 is only days away!

    The AIC Board of Directors extends our warmest welcome on the eve of this 7th Annual get-together! This special edition of the Scintillion provides some pertinent information that we believe you'll find useful. So, please take a moment and give it a quick review.

    In the meantime, we hope your journey to San Jose is safe and uneventful! We know you have other choices for your time this weekend and we sincerely appreciate that you chose to spend it with us!

    Complimentary Airport Shuttle Operates Thursday and Sunday

    This year, the Advanced Imaging Conference wants to begin making your meeting experience memorable as soon as your plane lands!

    Just, look for our shuttle bus at each of the main San Jose International Airport terminals and hop on board for a relaxing ride to the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Our shuttle will be make pick-ups every 45 minutes at each terminal between 4:00PM and 9:00PM, this Thursday, October 21.

    Pick up will be available at the Courtesy Shuttle Bus Stop, outside Baggage Claim for each terminal.

    We're also offering a free shuttle bus back to the airport on Sunday, October 24, after the conference has ended. Our shuttle will drop you off at either terminal every 45 minutes between 12:00noon and 3:00PM. The shuttle will depart from outside the hotel's main entrance on a first come, first serve basis.

    The first shuttle departure on Sunday is at 11:00AM.

    Free Attendee Parking

    Both local attendees and those driving to San Jose may park for free at the parking facility adjacent to the Hyatt Regency Hotel during the conference.

    Registration Opens Friday Morning

    General registration opens Friday morning, October 22, at 7:30AM for attendees.

    Vendor and Sponsor registration opens one half hour earlier, at 7:00AM, Friday morning.

    Be sure to register at the Registration Desk, just outside the entrance to the main conference venue (the Santa Clara Convention Center). You'll receive your name badge, welcome packet, a special gift from both Sky & Telescope and Astronomy Magazine and a chance to enter our Sunday morning raffle of (really!!!) fabulous prizes!

    Weekend Sessions Begin Friday Evening

    The Weekend Conference sessions begin Friday evening, this year, shortly following the Friday night Dinner (included in your Weekend Session registration fee). The meeting's opener starts at 8:00PM this Friday and will include updates regarding the weekend's activities, short presentations by the conference Sponsors and a tribute to last year's Pleiades Award winner.

    Protect Your Valuables

    Please be cautious with your valuables while attending the conference. The AIC cannot (and will not) take responsibility for loss or damage to your possessions during the meeting. For example, we do not recommend you bring valuable equipment (such as lap top computers) into the conference venue or workshop rooms. If you do, we recommend you keep it in hand at all times.

    AIC Offers Out of this World Meals for the Gastronomically Inclined

    It's been said that the true path to the stars invariably passes through the kitchen. The Advanced Imaging Conference understands this and has always placed an emphasis on making sure our attendees are well fed- this year is no exception!

    For example, you'll be treated to a hot breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and our lunches won't be served from a box! We've also added a Friday night dinner for those who registered to attend the Weekend sessions.

    2010 Advanced Imaging Conference Menu

    Please refer to the agenda for meal times.
    Plated meals will be prepared for vegetarians. Please ask your server.

  • Friday breakfast- included with your Friday Workshop registration fee
    • Breakfast Croissants with Eggs, Cheese and Bacon
    • Assortment of Tea and Coffee
  • Friday luncheon- included with your Friday Workshop registration fee
    • Herb Seared Salmon over Vegetable
    • Potato Hash with Caper Butter Sauce
    • Chocolate Cake
    • Assortment of Tea, Iced Tea, and Coffee
  • Friday dinner- included with your Weekend General Session registration fee
    • Mixed Greens with Organic Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, Shallot Dressing
    • Rosemary Lemon Crusted Custom Cut of Chicken with Red Wine and Maple Glazed Carrots, Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Thyme Bordelaise
    • Fruit tart
    • Assortment of Tea, Iced Tea, and Coffee
  • Saturday breakfast- included with your Weekend General Session registration fee
    • Selection of Juices, Coffee, and Tea
    • Fruit and Assorted Breads
    • Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Hash browns
    • Assortment of Tea and Coffee
  • Saturday luncheon- included with your Weekend General Session registration fee
    • Citrus Garlic Chicken with Forest Mushrooms
    • Asparagus Risotto
    • Sugar Carrots and Lemon-Thyme Au Jus
    • Cheese Cake
    • Assortment of Tea, Iced Tea, and Coffee
  • Saturday dinner- included with your Weekend General Session registration fee
    • Mixed Green Salad with Thyme Roasted Asparagus in Honey-Shallot Vinaigrette
    • Domestic Cheese Assortment
    • Dried Fruits and Fresh Jam with assorted breads
    • Grilled Chicken Breast with Radicchio Tomatoes, Italian Sausage, and Lentil Ragout
    • Carved to Order: Baron of Beef with Stilton Brioche Crust and Blackberry Jus
    • Penne with Broccoli, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts
    • Grilled Seasonal Vegetables
    • Assorted Cheese and Fruit Cakes
    • Assortment of Tea, Iced Tea, and Coffee
  • Sunday breakfast- included with your Weekend General Session registration fee
    • Egg White Frittata
    • Bacon and Roasted Chicken Sausage
    • Roasted Red Skin Potatoes
    • Selection of Juices, Coffee and Tea

    31 Exhibitors Confirmed

    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 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.

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