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  AIC Volume 5, Number 2
In this issue:
  • Dr. Geoff Marcy to Speak at AIC 2012 more...
  • AIC 2012 Agenda Shimmers with Astrophotographic Celebrities more...
  • Book your AIC 2012 Hotel Room more...
  • AIC 2012 Saturday Tour Explores Monterey Bay Aquarium and Carmel more...
  • 2011 AIC Image Gallery now on-line more...
  • 2011 Presentation downloads are available more...
  • The AIC Board of Directors
    Ken Crawford
    R. Jay GaBany
    Frank Barnes III
    Keith Allred
    Bob Fera

    AIC 2012
    October 26- 28
    Hyatt Regency, Santa Clara, California
    AIC 2011 Sponsors
    Make Your Hotel Reservation Now!
    Conference registration opens soon.

    Famed Exo-planet Hunter Explores Ageless Questions at AIC 2012

    During the early 1980s, the concept of planets orbiting other stars was a subject of pure conjecture occupying the realm of science fiction novels, television re-runs and pop motion pictures, but not of main-stream science. During this period, Geoff Marcy was a newly minted PhD who held a post-doctorate fellowship at the prestigious Carnegie Institute in Pasadena, California.

    But, it was also a time when Marcy was struggling with the direction of his career having received less than enthusiastic support for his research from some high profile peers. To him, it seemed his once promising future was headed in a disastrous direction.

    Sometimes self-doubt can also be a source of confidence if the expectations of others are ignored and personal dreams are recognized for their true worth. So, during a moment of epiphany, Marcy decided to change the course of his research and pursue something he cared about, something no one was researching, a topic that held a personal connection. Thus he began a lone search for planets beyond our solar system. Years later, Marcy recalled many of his colleagues were aghast when they learned of his decision, as if he had decided to look for little green men or aliens that built the pyramids.

    Times have changed.

    At a recent American Astronomical Society conference, Marcy was a featured speaker and over 500 talks and posters were presented on the topic of extra-solar planets. Now, exo-planet discoveries regularly make newspaper headlines and are a common subject appearing in leading scientific journals, news magazines, books and science documentaries. Over the past 16 years, Geoff Marcy has gained fame for discovering more extra solar planets than anyone else, 70 out of the first 100 to be discovered and over 250 to date, along with R. Paul Butler and Debra Fischer.

    In short, he almost single handedly launched a new field of astronomical endeavor, ignited a fire-storm of on-going investigations and in the process he became a global phenomenon, a scientific super-star of stellar dimensions!

    Dr. Marcy is currently an Adjunct Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the San Francisco State University, a Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley and the Director of Center for Integrative Planetary Science. Geoff is also a co-investigator on the NASA Kepler telescope discovery team that, since 2009, has detected more than 2,000 possible planets along the Orion Spur of our Milky Way galaxy. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. He was named Discovery Magazine's Space Scientist of the Year in 2003 and was co-recipient of the prestigious Shaw Prize.

    This fall, we are proud to announce that Dr. Geoff Marcy will speak at AIC 2012 about his personal journey to find planets around other stars and understand the chances for habitable planets similar to Earth. You won't want to miss this one!

    AIC 2012 is Celestial Convergence of Brilliant Astrophotographic Luminaries!

    Here's several more reasons not to miss this year's Advanced Imaging Conference. We've gathered astrophotography's most dazzling stars and placed them into a cluster of exciting, valuable and useful informational sessions:

    • Tim Pucket, the 2011 AAS Chambliss Amateur Achievement Award Recipient will host a workshop on how you can participate in citizen science based on the insights he's learned and the techniques he's employed in his successful on-going supernova survey;

    • Steve Brady, the co-creator of FocusMax, one of the most commonly used software applications used each night by astrophotographers around the world, will speak on how to obtain optimum focus using his software;

    • Tom Field, the developer of the RSpec Real-time Spectroscopy software, will discuss the use of affordable spectroscopes and how they can expand amateur contributions to science;

    • John Smith, President of CCDWare software, will reveal techniques he uses as one of the hobby's most sought after telescope installation, alignment and optimization consultant;

    • Eric Blackhurst, General Manager of Oceanside Photo & Telescope will conduct a workshop that compares the pros and cons of the leading mount designs and help you select the best mount for your telescope;

    • Ken Crawford, one of the world's accomplished astrophotographers, will lead a workshop that demonstrates how masks can shorten your processing effort and improve your final results; and

    • Alan Erickson, Senior Computer Scientist with Adobe, will talk about simple techniques you can use to clean up blemishes in your images like satellite trails, bad columns and other nasties that would otherwise ruin your picture.

    These speakers are in addition to the following constellation of stellar presenters who will share their experience, knowledge and advice at the 2012 fall meeting:
    • David Eicher, Civil War historian, author, blogger, astronomy popularizer and Editor of Astronomy magazine, will offer his unique perspective on the past and future of amateur astronomy and astrophotography;

    • Dr. Travis Rector, Professor of Astronomy & Physics at the University of Alaska and world famous astronomical image processor, will share techniques to produce aesthetic, presentation quality and scientifically valuable astrophotographic images;

    • Tony Hallas, world renowned astrophotographer, columnist and AIC 2009 Hubble Award recipient, will explore advanced image processing techniques with an artistic eye;

    • Bernhard Hubl, one of Europe's most popular astrophotographers and co-organizer of CEDIC, will examine the differences between long and short focal length imaging, overcoming their challenges and taking advantage of either;

    • Dr. Don Goldman, well known astrophotographer, lecturer and mastermind of Astrodon filters, will discuss the popularity of planetary nebulae and how to capture them photographically;

    • Rogelio Bernal Andreo, noted astrophotographer and recipient of the AIC 2010 Pleiades Award, will delve into advanced image processing techniques using PixInsight;

    • Alistair Symon, astrophotographer and cosmic muralist, will explain how to create compelling panoramic mosaics with wide field images and

    • Bob Fera, pioneering astrophotographer and AIC board member, will facilitate a processing workshop for beginning and intermediate astrophotographers.

    Make Your Hotel Reservations Now for the Ninth Annual 2012 Advanced Imaging Conference

    Now you can make your hotel reservation for the 2012 Advanced Imaging Conference, Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28! This year's meeting will convene at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara- the same hotel where the 2011 gathering took place.

    Friday will be dedicated to workshops brimming with expert instructional advice covering image processing, data acquisition and the use of popular processing software applications. It's a treasury of information you'll find no where else on Earth!

    The Saturday and Sunday sessions also promise an exciting constellation of Astro-imaging's brightest stars and, throughout the long weekend, AIC 2012 will showcase the latest technology from our community's leading vendors, manufacturers and service providers.

    All meals will be included in the conference fee:
    • 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.

    But, don't come alone! Bring your spouse, companion or your entire family and, for a small additional per person fee, they can tour the Bay area all day Saturday while you're at the meeting plus they can join you at every conference meal.

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

    Plan to be there!

    Experience the Wonder of Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Enchantment of Carmel

    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 world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and Carmel.

    After spending the morning experiencing this magical living museum of oceans behind glass, our guests will enjoy a delicious luncheon overlooking the bay at one of Monterey's finest restaurants, The Fish Hopper, on Cannery Row.

    Following a delightful lunch, there's a short, scenic drive over to
    Carmel, where celebrities blend in like chameleons, movie stars spend romantic weekends, writers hang out at local bars and dignitaries make reservations for dinner. Perhaps you'll see Clint Eastwood behind the wheel of his black pick-up truck or Doris Day petting someone's pooch at her dog-friendly hotel, the Cyprus Inn. Regardless, you'll have a couple of unhurried hours to explore or shop before returning to San Jose.

    Our private, chartered motorcoach departs the conference hotel at 9:15AM Saturday morning and includes tickets to the Monterey Aquarium, lunch at The Fish Hopper restaurant 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 $85 per person.

    The 2011 AIC Image Gallery Now Online

    The 2011 meeting offered attendees an opportunity to submit images for display during conference breaks, lunch and the Saturday night dinner. Again this year, the response was overwhelming to this invitation- we received dozens of beautiful pictures representing the current state of the art.

    To preserve this great gathering of talent, the AIC has posted the third annual on-line gallery of astrophotographic images. Each picture is displayed in a random sequence. A control is provided to navigate through the list. Click on any image to open a viewer that will display the full image with high quality. Here's the link:

    2011 AIC Gallery

    2011 Presentation Downloads Available to Conference Attendees

    A complete set of 2011 conference presentations is available for 2011 AIC conferees to download and review at their convenience. However, access to these files will remain limited to 2011 attendees until the second half of 2012 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 | 2011

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