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|AIC Volume 6, number 2|
AIC Bestows First Dual Hubble Award on the Editors of APOD
APOD's beginning were humble- it started over a series of lunch conversations between two office mates at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center who had just discovered the world wide web using the original Mosaic Internet browser. Over the years, it became one of the web's longest lasting, most beloved Internet destinations when the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) was launched on June 16, 1995 by Jerry Bonnell and Robert Nemiroff. To their surprise, the first edition received 14 visitors who stumbled upon the site. The next installment wasn't posted until later that week but, since then, APOD has not missed a day over its 18 year history with cumulative visitations exceeding one billion!
Featuring imagery culled from the world's great observatories, produced by orbiting telescopes and created by talented astrophotographers, today APOD has 10 new pictures for every one that's selected. Although their selections occasionally seem somewhat capricious to some, quirky pictures, images that tell a good story, scenes grabbed from news of the day, rare astronomical events and classic depictions tend to catch their attention.
Significantly, APOD has been an ardent supporter of the astrophotographic community where imagery taken with modest equipment are showcased along side those produced by professionals using state of the art instruments.
Both Jerry and Robert will present the 2013 Hubble Lecture at the beginning of this year's Saturday session on October 12. Please join the Board in offering both these gentlemen your heartiest congratulations and thanks!
Bob Caton and Joel Hagen Accept Senior AIC Staff Positions
The AIC Board of Directors is delighted to announce the addition of two senior level positions supporting the conference.
AIC 2013: Prepare to be Amazed
This year's conference is going to be the best one yet! We've invited all of the past Hubble Recipients to attend and most accepted! So, this is your best, and maybe last, opportunity to see and hear this many of astro-imaging's best and most brilliant stars in a single gathering!
Our agenda has firmed and registration will be opening very shortly. In the meantime, here's a sneak preview of the speakers who will be appearing at this year's gathering:
2013- AIC turns 10!
In 2013, you can witness a once-in-a-lifetime celestial convergence when astrophotography's brightest stars from across the globe gather and celebrate the 10th birthday of the Advanced Imaging Conference- our community's premier annual event!
We've invited each of the past Hubble recipients, plus our highest rated topics and speakers, to reveal the wonder and dispel the mystery about bringing out the best in your images! All this and much more are guaranteed to inform, inspire and excite you as only AIC can!
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 most brilliant luminaries and, throughout the long weekend, AIC 2013 will showcase the latest technology from our community's leading vendors, manufacturers and service providers.
All meals will be included in the conference fee:
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! This special birthday event will only happen once!
Spouses Enjoy Our Saturday Tour
While you're settling into the weekend general sessions, let your wife, family members or traveling companion take a trip to Stanford.
This year, the AIC Saturday Tour will open with a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's Hanna House, located on the Stanford University Campus. Designed in 1936 for Stanford Professor Paul Hanna and his wife, Jean, it represented an elegant and affordable home for the American middle class. The long-term collaboration between the Hannas and Wright resulted in an unprecedented design: a house with no right angles and an open spatial plan. Hanna House was a turning point in Wright's career, leading to ideas later evidenced in New York's Guggenheim Museum.
Next, our tour will feature a private luncheon at California Cafe. Located in the charming and historic Stanford Barn, Palo Alto’s California Cafe exists to provide an escape from the outside world. Locally known for its chef-driven creations, engaging service and relaxing ambiance, the restaurant's multicultural offerings feature seasonal ingredients with broad appeal. California Cafe 's relaxing environment will be a memorable California-style experience.
Following lunch, you'll have the choice of browsing through Stanford Shopping Center- Northern California’s premier open-air shopping destination with Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Wilkes Bashford and more than 140 world-class specialty stores, ranging from luxury brands to local favorites.
Or, you may elect to explore Stanford University's Cantor Art Museum- whose diverse collections span continents, cultures, and 5,000 years of art history including one of the largest presentations of Rodin bronzes outside Paris.
Our private, chartered motorcoach departs the conference hotel at 10:15AM Saturday morning and includes tickets to the Hanna House, lunch at California Cafe 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 2012 AIC Image Gallery Now Online
The 2012 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:
2012 AIC Gallery
2012 Presentation Downloads Available to Conference Attendees
A complete set of 2012 conference presentations is available for 2012 AIC conferees to download and review at their convenience. However, access to these files will remain limited to 2012 attendees until the second half of 2013 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.
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