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  AIC Volume 4, Number 4
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  • In this issue:
  • Astronomy Opens AIC Reader Gallery more...
  • AIC Expands 2011 Agenda more...
  • AIC 2011 Price To Jump Soon more...
  • Saturday Tour highlights trip to Alcatraz more...
  • Friday workshops previewed more...
  • Stellar lineup planned for 2011 weekend sessions more...
  • 24 Exhibitors Confirmed, More Expected more...
  • Book your room for AIC 2011 now more...
  • Download last year's presentations more...

  • Register Now! Introductory prices expire August 31

    AIC 2011 Sponsors

    Astronomy Magazine Introduces AIC On-line Reader Gallery

    Astronomy Magazine has partnered with the AIC to introduce the AIC On-line Reader Gallery!

    The gallery is open for image submissions by anyone who has attended an AIC conference over the years. Astronomy's image galleries are one their most popular on-line features viewed by thousands of astronomy enthusiasts around the world!

    To submit your images, click here and log-onto your Astronomy on-line account. If you aren't already a registered user, it's easy to create a new account at plus you'll get FREE access to all of Astronomy's Community areas. Magazine subscribers also receive access to exclusive on-line content.

    Once your images have been received, they'll be posted for everyone to appreciate! Don't miss this very special opportunity to let your light shine!

    AIC 2011 Agenda Enlarged

    As if the original schedule wasn't big enough, the AIC has added more speakers, workshops and presentations to this year's agenda!

    Two new workshops have been added to the Friday schedule lead by John Smith and Bob Denny. John will introduce the new features and functions of CCDAutoPilot Version 5 while Bob's session will focus on ACP's powerful, new scheduling capabilities. Both workshops will repeat in the morning and afternoon.

    Saturday, following the evening banquet, Adam Block will discuss remote imaging and demonstrate the remote use of Mt. Lemmon's 32-inch Schulman telescope in the main meeting venue.

    Sunday, Paul Jones will be joined by Deep Sky Instrument's Rich Simons, who will discuss how to reach the best collimation of Ritchey-Chrétien telescopes.

    AIC 2011 Registration Prices Set to Increase

    Beginning August 31, general registration rates for the 2011 Advanced Imaging Conference will increase to $399 per person due to cost escalations from conference service providers. Fortunately, hotel room rates will remain a bargain- only $99 per night- the same rate charged over the past 5 years!

    But, you can still beat the higher price by submitting your registration prior to the end of August.

    So, set aside the long weekend of Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6, 2011 and plan to attend the 8th Annual Advanced Imaging Conference taking place at the Hyatt Regency in Santa Clara, California!

    This year, Friday will be dedicated to workshops brimming with expert instruction covering image processing for both novice and advanced astrophotographers, tips on keeping your equipment in top condition plus advice on the use of popular processing software applications. It's a treasury of information you'll find no where else on Earth!

    Saturday and Sunday sessions also promise an exciting constellation of Astro-imaging's brightest stars and, throughout the long weekend, AIC 2011 will showcase the latest technology from our community's leading vendors, manufacturers and service providers.

    For times and more information, see our meeting agenda.

    All meals are included in the conference price:
  • continental breakfast on Friday;
  • full breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning and
  • both lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday.

  • Transportation between the San Jose International Airport and conference hotel will be provided free of charge and you'll be able to download each of the meeting presentations following the meeting.

    There are other great gatherings where you can shop for equipment but only the Advanced Imaging Conference equips you to create better images!

    24 Exhibitors Confirmed, More Anticipated

    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.

    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
  • Celestron
  • DC-3 Dreams
  • Oceanside Photo and Telescope
  • Planewave Instruments
  • Vendors
  • BORG/AstroHutech
  • Astrodon
  • Astrophoto Insight Magazine
  • CCDWare
  • Chroma Technology Corp
  • Chronos
  • Finger Lakes Instrumentation
  • Fishcamp Engineering
  • Meade Instruments
  • Optec
  • Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc.
  • Starlight Xpress, Ltd.
  • Woodland Hills Camera and Telescopes

  • Voyage to Alcatraz Island on the AIC 2011 Saturday Tour

    While you're settling into the weekend general sessions, let your wife, family members or traveling companion take a trip they will long remember by joining our special, all inclusive Saturday tour to San Francisco. This year, getting there will be half the fun, because our unique event includes a round-trip ferry ride to Alcatraz Island! As they progress across the water, our guests will be treated to a breathtaking, picture post card view of San Francisco from the middle of the Bay!

    Following this nautical adventure, our guests will experience luncheon at world famous Boudin Bakery, on the wharf over looking the water. Following that, there's an insider tour of the bakery's back room operation and time to explore all the San Francisco waterfront has to offer: Pier 39, the outdoor markets at Fisherman's Wharf and Ghiradelli Square.

    Our private, chartered motorcoach departs the conference hotel at 9:15AM Saturday morning and includes tickets and ferry transportation to Alcatraz Island, lunch at Boudin Bakery and snacks. Our guests will return by 5:00PM Saturday afternoon in time to join you for the AIC Saturday evening Banquet dinner.

    Tour participation also includes all AIC conference meals- a $275 value for only $75 per person. (Joining this tour/meal package requires each guest to submit a separate conference registration.)

    Click here. to join the tour. Please note: This special, value packed opportunity is limited to the first 25 participants.

    AIC Friday Workshops Will Transform Your Images

    Like monks in a cosmic monastery, astrophotographers often work alone with their instruments and computers searching for the truth in their data. Our pastime is a unique experience that enables us to explore the farthest reaches of outer space, the depths of our talents and, yes, the extent of our patience as we process our images. The long, often circuitous path from novice to advanced imager is littered with dust covered telescopes and unused cameras abandoned out of frustration with the extreme learning curve this hobby imposes. AIC Workshop sessions are designed to help you overcome many of the challenges everyone faces whether they are just starting out or possess many years of experience.

    This year, we've invited some of the hobby's foremost specialists to offer you a hand during the Friday Workshops at AIC 2011.

    For example, Adam Block, one of the planet's highest rated astrophographic authorities, will conduct a special two hour workshop for beginner enthusiasts that will accelerate their processing skills. Award winning R. Jay GaBany will offer processing advice for those who want to awaken their images and leading astrophotographer, Dr. Steve Leshin, will demonstrate the remarkable capabilities of PixInsight. Also included will be sessions led by filter guru, Dr. Don Goldman, regarding the use of narrow band filters to produce evocative images and Mike Rice, proprietor of world- famous New Mexico Skies, will share his experiences, diagnosis and remedies gleaned from maintaining over 20 world class telescope setups, to help you prevent or repair unexpected situations with yours.

    All workshops will repeat during the morning and afternoon on Friday.

    Book Your Hotel Room for AIC 2011 Now!

    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!

    Mark your calendars for November 4 - 6, 2011.

    We've arranged for a special AIC room discount of just $99 per night- our consecutive fifth year at this price! This special 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.

    Santa Clara Hyatt Regency features:
    • Special conference negotiated $99 per night room rate (our room rates have not changed in 5 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;
    • Conference functions will take place at the adjoining Santa Clara Convention Center
    • ...and more

    Experience an Information Explosion during AIC Weekend Sessions

    Advanced Imaging Conferences can be an exhausting experience and this year's gathering will be no exception! Our weekend sessions will feature a waterfall of new ideas and useful, stimulating information that will leave you amazed, reinvigorated and highly motivated to take your next picture!

    This year's agenda features the Hubble Lecture by the 2011 Hubble Award recipient, Ron Wodaski, first thing Saturday morning. Ron's presentation will be followed by a constellation of stellar speakers including the sage advice of Dr. Steve Cannistra who discusses effective techniques that enhance wide field astro-photography and Alnitak Astrosystems Co-founder Peter Kalajian, who will take the mystery out of flat fielding.

    Suzanne Jacoby, Manager for Education and Public Outreach at the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), will explain opportunities for amateurs to conduct real science and the Saturday meeting will also feature three Spotlight presentations by Mars mission image processor, Joel Hagen; Dean Salman, the inexhaustible Sharpless catalog documentarian and the world's foremost star stream expert, Dr. David Martinez-Delgado.

    If that's not enough, Paul Jones, the highly regarded telescopic optician, will explain optical measurements used to grade the quality of our instruments and Dennis di Cicco, Sky and Telescope's award winning astronomical editor, author, astrophotographer and telescope maker will describe his latest, amazing ultra-wide field project.

    Plus, Dr. Alex Filippenko, Distinguished Professor of Physical Sciences at UC Berkeley, sought after lecturer, author, celebrated astronomy popularizer, award winning teacher and researcher will join our proceedings, expand your understanding of the Universe and fill your mind with wonder. His session is not to be missed!

    2010 Presentation Downloads Available to Conference Attendees

    A complete set of 2010 conference presentations is available for 2010 AIC conferees to download and review at their convenience. However, access to these files will remain limited to 2010 attendees until the second half of 2011 and require the submission of a username and password.

    All previous year's presentations remain unrestricted for download and study. Following is a list of links to each of the AIC's presentation archives.

    2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

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