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  • In this issue:
  • General Registration Opens Thursday night at 6:30PM more...
  • Airport Shuttle Operates Thursday and Sunday more...
  • Free Parking more...
  • Weekend Session Begins Friday night 8:00PM more...
  • A Night on Mt. Lemmon more...

  • Extended Lick Observatory Tour offered more...
  • Protect Your Valuables more...
  • Conference weather forecast more...
  • Meals to be Amazing more...
  • 23 Exhibitors Attend AIC 2012 more...
  • The AIC Board of Directors
    Ken Crawford
    R. Jay GaBany
    Frank Barnes III
    Keith Allred
    Bob Fera
    AIC 2012 Sponsors

    Special 2012 Conference Attendee Issue!

    Welcome to AIC 2012!

    It's Incredible, but AIC 2012 is only days away!

    The AIC Board of Directors extends our warmest welcome on the eve of this 9th 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, October 25, 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, Official AIC 2012 Program Guide, a special gift from Sky & Telescope 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, October 28, 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.

    Extended Private Tour at Lick Observatory for Early AIC Attendees

    Lick Observatory is located on the summit of Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Range east of San Jose. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary short informal talk about the observatory's history while taking a look at (but not through) the Great Lick Refractor in the 36-inch telescope dome. Tours begin at the Gift Shop on each half hour starting at 1:00pm on weekdays and 12:30pm on weekends, continuing until 4:30pm.

    Visitors can also take a short walk to the Shane Dome and view the 120-inch Reflector from the Visitorsí Gallery. Displays explain the Shane reflector, one of the world's major telescopes used to discover extrasolar planets.

    Having visited the observatory a few years ago, AIC 2012 Attendee, Jim Edlin, knew there was much more at Lick Observatory than can be seen during the standard half hour tour. So, he contacted Dr Paul Lynam, one of the Lick staff astronomers, and asked if it would be possible to receive a more in-depth tour that included the historic 36" Crossley reflector. Although Paul's request was initially intended to include only himself and a friend, Dr. Lynam agreed to include anyone attending AIC 2012!

    So, you are invited!

    The tour will begin on Thursday Oct 25, 2012 at the main Lick Observatory building at 3 PM. If you intend to participate, you should plan to arrive well before 3PM, so don't be late! This private tour for AIC Attendees will commence from the Lick Observatory Gift Shop and include the Great 36" refractor, the 36" Crossley and 40" Nickel reflectors. If time permits, your visit may also include the 120" Shane telescope and other instruments.

    There is no charge for this tour but Dr. Lynam has asked that you please make a donation to the Lick Observatory or join the "Friends of Lick" in return for his time and effort.

    If you intend to join this tour, please send an email to Dr. Paul Lynam at Please do not arrive unexpectedly!

    This tour is limited
    to the first 36 people who contact Dr. Lynam.

      Lick Observatory is located on the summit of Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Range east of San Jose. To get there from Interstates 101, 280, 680, take Alum Rock Avenue exit from Interstate 680 north. Turn right onto Alum Rock Avenue. Take another right on Mt. Hamilton Road (California Route 130). Allow about one hour from San Jose, and please drive carefully as the road is good, but narrow in many places, winding and features dozens of hair-pin turns.

      At 4209 feet, weather on Mt. Hamilton may be cool and changeable, so bring a sweater or coat.

      There are no gasoline or food services at Mt. Hamilton or anywhere along the road outside of San Jose.

      Click here for an area map.
    Please note this invitation to tour Lick Observatory is not being extended by the Advanced Imaging Conference and transportation to Lick Observatory is not being arranged by the AIC. This information is being published as a courtesy to interested 2012 conference attendees. As such, we cannot assume liability for this offering or responsibility for its contents although we consider it to be accurate.

    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.

    Not Remotely Impossible

    Are you weary of dealing with light pollution surrounding the site where you image? Can you imagine how your images would look if you could expose under a pitch black sky? While you're at it, just think about the details you could capture if you had a really big telescope!

    On Saturday night, following the annual banquet, you'll have an opportunity to experience these possibilities when Adam Block, this year's Hubble Award recipient, demonstrates the fully remote operation of the 32-inch Schulman telescope, located high-atop Mount Lemmon in Arizona.

    According to the past four AIC post conference surveys, remote imaging now represents about 20% of our high-end hobby. This fascinating method of accumulating data has experienced explosive growth during the second half of the last decade and spawned a new industry of hosting facilities scattered around the globe. Now, anyone with access to the Internet, a common web browser and the desire to produce fine astronomical images can command world-class instruments situated under pristine night skies!

    Assuming the weather over Mount Lemmon cooperates, the demonstration will include live image acquisition of targets, based on attendee suggestions, from the deep, dark skies above this famous mountain top observatory. Hands on participation by a few members of the audience will also be highlighted.

    The demonstration will take place in the main conference venue where the weekend sessions occur, beginning around 8:00PM.

    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.

    Cool Nights, Warm Sunny Days Forecast for AIC 2012 Weekend

    Conference Weather Forecast

    Thursday night
    Mostly Cloudy
    Low around 47

    Mostly sunny
    High near 70

    Friday night
    Partly cloudy
    Low near 50

    Mostly sunny
    High near 73

    Saturday night
    Mostly cloudy
    Low around 50

    Partly sunny
    High near 74
    From the National Weather Service as of Monday, October 22

    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!

    This year, the Advanced Imaging Conference offered local residents a special conference rate that excludes breakfasts and dinners. This special Local Area Resident Package included 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.

    If you purchased a Local Area Resident Package and change your mind, admission to all meals may be purchased as a complete package on-site during the conference for an additional fee of $100.00. Please see the Registration desk for more information. We accept all major charge cards, cash and personal checks. Sorry, we do not provide the option of purchasing individual meals.

    If you purchased an All-inclusive registration, then all conference meals are included.

    Participants in the Saturday Tour to Monterey are invited to join their attendee at each meal that corresponds to the attendee's registration.

    2012 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: All-inclusive registrants, only
    • Hyatt Signature Continental
      • Bagels, Danishes, Muffins and Croissants
      • Torrefazione Italia‚ Coffee and Tazo‚ Tea Selection
  • Friday luncheon: All registrants welcome
    • 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: All-inclusive registrants, only
    • 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: All-inclusive registrants, only
    • 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: All registrants welcome
    • 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: All-inclusive registrants, only
    • 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: All-inclusive registrants, only
    • Cinnamon French Toast
    • Waffles
    • Maple Syrup and Butter
    • Torrefazzione‚ Coffee and Tazo‚ Tea Selection

    23 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 after Friday and Saturday dinner plus during lunches, the Friday afternoon workshops and late Saturday afternoon general session for those who want to shop. Please see the conference agenda for specific times.

    Here' a list of 2012 exhibitors:
    Founding Sponsors
  • SBIG
  • Software Bisque

  • Editorial Sponsors
  • Sky & Telescope
  • Astronomy Magazine

  • Sponsors
  • Apogee Imaging Systems
  • Astro-Physics
  • Celestron
  • DC-3 Dreams
  • Officina Stellare
  • Oceanside Photo and Telescope
  • Planewave Instruments
  • Woodland Hills Camera and Telescopes
  • Vendors
  • Astrodon
  • AstroHaven
  • Atik Cameras
  • Canon
  • CCDWare
  • Chroma Technology Corp
  • Fishcamp Engineering
  • Mount Lemmon Sky Center
  • Quantum Scientific Imaging, Inc.
  • Sierra Remote Observatories
  • Starlight Xpress, Ltd.

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