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  AIC Volume 5, Number 3
Register for AIC 2012 Now!
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  • In this issue:
  • Astronomy magazine editor highlights AIC 2012 line-up more...
  • AIC Introduces Special Pricing for Bay Area Residents more...
  • AIC 2012 Saturday Tour Explores Monterey Bay Aquarium and Carmel more...
  • AIC 2012 Agenda Shimmers with Astrophotographic Celebrities more...
  • Register for AIC 2012 and Book your Hotel Room more...
  • 2011 AIC Image Gallery now on-line more...
  • 2011 Presentation downloads now available to all more...
  • The AIC Board of Directors
    Ken Crawford
    R. Jay GaBany
    Frank Barnes III
    Keith Allred
    Bob Fera
    AIC 2012 Sponsors

    Astronomy Editor Presents Perspectives, Prognostications and Passion

    Dave Eicher is one of the most widely recognized astronomy enthusiasts in the world. He has been with Astronomy magazine for 29 years, beginning as an assistant editor and working through associate, senior, and managing positions. He has been the magazine's editor since 2002. Dave has spoken widely to amateur astronomy groups, logged hundreds of hours at the eyepiece, and written seven books on astronomical observing. Among the most used by amateur astronomers are The Universe from Your Backyard (Cambridge University Press), Deep-Sky Observing with Small Telescopes (Enslow), and Stars and Galaxies (Kalmbach Books).

    A native of Oxford, Ohio, Dave grew up around Miami University, where his father was a professor of organic chemistry. Rather than turning to chemistry, however, Dave was attracted to the stars as a 14-year-old, when he spotted Saturn through a small telescope at a star party. Comet West (the great comet of 1975-1976) really turned him on to observing, and Dave soon went far beyond to explore clusters, nebulae, and galaxies from his dark backyard- he soon was hooked on viewing deep-sky objects.

    In 1977, Dave founded and began editing the magazine Deep Sky Monthly. Five years later, the publication moved with Dave to Milwaukee, turned quarterly, and was renamed Deep Sky, which was issued regularly until 1992. In addition to his book writing, Dave has written or edited hundreds of articles on all facets of astronomy, science and hobby. In 1990, the International Astronomical Union named a minor planet, 3617 Eicher, for Dave in recognition of his service to astronomy.

    Dave has appeared on CNN, CNN Headline News, Fox News Channel, National Public Radio, and other media outlets to promote the science and hobby of astronomy.

    This year, David Eicher is uniquely positioned to present an assessment of where amateur astronomy has been and his predictions about where it is headed at AIC 2012. You won't want to miss this one!

    AIC 2012 Introduces Local Bay Area Admission Package

    Many AIC attendees live within the Bay Area and drive each day to the conference. Because our registration fees are all inclusive, this has resulted in some local attendees paying for meals they do not take. So, this year, the Advanced Imaging Conference is offering local residents a special conference rate that excludes breakfasts and dinners.

    This special Local Area Resident Package includes admittance all workshops and the weekend general sessions, admittance to the Technology Showcase, the souvenir program guide, plus Friday and Saturday lunch for a reduced rate of only $299.00 per person.

    Admission to the Friday dinner and Saturday's banquet may be purchased together on-site during the conference for an additional fee of $100.00.

    Look for this special local rate when you register. All prices are subject to change without notice.

    Experience the Wonder of Monterey Bay, 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 breath-taking Monterey Bay, the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium and timeless 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 motor coach 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. Reservations are strictly limited to the first 25 tourists.

    Make your reservation now!

    AIC 2012 Luminaries Will Engage and Enlighten

    AIC is famous for serving up the hobby's top exponents and the 2012 gathering will be no exception! Here's the 18 best reasons not to miss this year's confab:

    • Dr. Geoff Marcy, the world famous exo-planet hunter, will share about his personal journey to find planets around other stars and understand the chances for habitable planets similar to Earth;

    • Adam Block will receive the 2012 Hubble Award for excellence in supporting astrophotography and present this year's Hubble Lecture;

    • David Eicher, Civil War historian, author, blogger, astronomy popularizer and Editor of Astronomy magazine, will offer insight 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;

    • Tim Puckett, 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.

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

    • Sal Grasso, of the hobby newest stars, will share processing methods that have helped to illuminate many of his great images;

    • 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.

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

    Now you can register and 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!

    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 Now Available to Everyone

    The complete set of 2011 conference presentations is now available without the need to submit a username or 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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