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  AIC Volume 4, Number 7
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  • 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...
  • Photographer needed more...
  • Protect Your Valuables more...
  • Conference weather forecast more...
  • Meals to be Amazing more...
  • 35 Exhibitors Attend AIC 2011 more...

  • Special 2011 Conference Attendee Issue!

    AIC 2011 Sponsors

    Welcome to AIC 2011!

    It's Incredible, but AIC 2011 is only days away!

    The AIC Board of Directors extends our warmest welcome on the eve of this 8th 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!

    Registration Opens Thursday Night

    General registration opens Thursday night, November 3, at 6:30PM until 8:00PM for all attendees (including Sponsors and Vendors).

    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!

    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, November 3.

    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, November 6, 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.

    Photographer Wanted

    The AIC is seeking a photographer who is willing to take candid shots during the conference. These images will become part of our permanent conference archive and will be used in future promotions.

    If you are interested in helping out, please contact Ken Crawford prior to the conference for more information at

    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.

    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.

    Conference Weather Forecast

    Thursday night
    Chance of rain
    Low around 43

    Mostly sunny
    High near 59

    Friday night
    Partly cloudy
    Low near 41

    Mostly sunny
    High near 61

    Saturday night
    Mostly cloudy
    Low around 45

    Partly sunny
    High near 60
    From the National Weather Service as of Monday, October 30

    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!

    2011 Advanced Imaging Conference Menu

    Please refer to the agenda for meal times. All meals are included with your registration fee.
    Plated meals will be prepared for vegetarians. Please ask your server.

  • Friday breakfast
    • Hyatt Signature Continental
    • Bagels, Danishes, Muffins and Croissants
    • Torrefazione Italia‚ Coffee and Tazo‚ Tea Selection
  • Friday luncheon
    • Rosemary Bread Presentation
    • Citrus Garlic Chicken with Forest Mushrooms, Asparagus Risotto, Sugar Carrots and Lemon-Thyme Au Jus OR Chef's Choice of Vegetarian Entree
    • Cheesecake
    • Iced Tea
    • Torrefazzione‚ Coffee and Tazo‚ Tea Selection
  • Friday dinner
    • Rosemary Bread Presentation
    • Mixed Greens with Organic Dried Cranberries, Toasted Hazelnuts, Shallot Dressing
    • Niman Ranch Grilled Marinated Flank Steak, Boursin Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus OR Chef's Choice of Vegetarian Entree
    • Fruit tart
    • Iced Tea
    • Torrefazzione‚ Coffee and Tazo‚ Tea Selection
  • Saturday breakfast
    • Selection of Chilled Juices
    • Sliced Fresh Season Fruit
    • Scrambled Eggs
    • Smoked Bacon and Sausage
    • Skillet Hashbrowns
    • Daily Assortment of Breakfast Muffins, Croissants and Breakfast Breads
    • Torrefazzione‚ Coffee and Tazo‚ Tea Selection
  • Saturday luncheon
    • Rosemary Bread Presentation
    • Herb Seared Salmon over Vegetable and Potato Hash with Caper Butter Sauce OR Chef's Choice of Vegetarian Entree
    • Chocolate Cake
    • Iced Tea
    • Torrefazzione‚ Coffee and Tazo‚ Tea Selection
  • Saturday dinner
    • Creamy Clam Chowder with San Francisco Sourdough Bread Rolls
    • Napa Valley Greens with Assorted Dressings
    • Pear and Gorgonzola Salad with Frisee and Lolla Rossa
    • Carved Strip Loin with Wild Mushroom Sauce
    • Grilled Pacific Salmon with Mango Salsa
    • Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Olives
    • Stuffed Shells with Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce
    • Grilled Seasonal Vegetables
    • Mushroom Polenta
    • Assorted Miniature Pastries and Fruit Tartlets
    • Iced Tea
    • Torrefazzione‚ Coffee and Tazo‚ Tea Selection
  • Sunday breakfast
    • Cinnamon French Toast
    • Waffles
    • Maple Syrup and Butter
    • Torrefazzione‚ Coffee and Tazo‚ Tea Selection

    35 Exhibitors Confirmed- a new record!

    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
  • Celestron
  • DC-3 Dreams
  • Oceanside Photo and Telescope
  • Planewave Instruments
  • Vendors
  • ASA Astrosysteme
  • Astrodon
  • AstroHaven
  • Astrophoto Insight Magazine
  • Atik Cameras
  • BORG/AstroHutech
  • Canon
  • CCDWare
  • Celestial Parfait
  • Chroma Technology Corp
  • ChronosMount
  • Finger Lakes Instrumentation
  • Fishcamp Engineering
  • Imaging Source
  • Meade Instruments
  • MonSTAR Prints
  • Mt. Lemmon Sky Center
  • Officina Stellare
  • Optec
  • Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc.
  • Sierra Remote Observatories
  • Starlight Xpress, Ltd.
  • Woodland Hills Camera and Telescopes

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