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  AIC Volume 6, number 3
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    In this issue:
  • Gendler's new book more...
  • AIC exclusive exhibition plans previewed more...
  • Register for AIC 2013 and book your hotel room more...
  • Saturday tour explores Stanford more...
  • 2013 Agenda shimmers with astrophotographic celebrities more...

  • Special meal package offered again for local attendees more...
  • 2011 AIC Image Gallery now on-line more...
  • 2012 Presentation downloads still restricted more...
  • The AIC Board of Directors
    Ken Crawford
    R. Jay GaBany
    Frank Barnes III
    Keith Allred
    Bob Fera
    Register Now for AIC 2013!
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    Dr. Rob Gendler Publishes New Book, Speaks at AIC 2013

    Dr. Rob Gendler, 2007 AIC Hubble Award Recipient
    The 2007 AIC Hubble Award recipient, legendary Dr. Rob Gendler, is releasing a new book, titled Lessons from the Masters: Current Concepts in Astronomical Image Processing at the end of July (pre-orders are now available at Amazon).

    According to the publisher: "There are currently thousands of amateur astronomers around the world engaged in astrophotography at a sophisticated level. Their ranks far outnumber professional astronomers doing the same and their contributions both technically and artistically are the dominant drivers of progress in the field today. This book is a unique collaboration of individuals world-renowned in their particular area and covers in detail each of the major sub-disciplines of astrophotography. This approach offers the reader the greatest opportunity to learn the most current information and the latest techniques directly from the foremost innovators in the field today.

    Lessons from the Masters includes a brilliant body of recognized leaders in astronomical imaging, assembled by Robert Gendler, who delivers the most current, sophisticated and useful information on digital enhancement techniques in astrophotography available today. Each chapter focuses on a particular technique, but the book as a whole covers all types of astronomical image processing, including processing of events such as eclipses, using DSLRs, and deep-sky, planetary, wide field, and high resolution astronomical image processing. Recognized contributors include deep-sky experts such as R. Jay GaBany, Tony Hallas, and Ken Crawford, high-resolution planetary expert Damian Peach, and the founder of TWAN (The World at Night) Babak A. Tafreshi."

    Order your copy now then bring it to AIC this fall and have Rob add his signature! In fact, bring your copy of Rob's other books, too: A Year in the Life of the Universe, Capturing the Stars; Astrophotography by the Masters and Treasures of the Southern Sky.

    Rob will also make a rare speaking appearance at AIC 2013 and discuss his experience leveraging the Hubble Space Telescope archive to produce evocative images that can surpass those initially released for public consumption by the professionals. His talk will also include construction of unique hybrid images assembled from a variety of professional and amateur data sources including the Hubble Space Telescope, large ground based systems like Japan’s 8.2 meter Subaru Telescope, and data from smaller amateur systems.

    New Interactive Exhibit Planned for AIC 2013

    Preliminary design for a new interactive exhibit debuting at AIC 2013
    Dr. Bob Caton, AIC Sr. Director-Exhibitions, has revealed a preliminary design for an exciting new interactive exhibit exclusively at AIC 2013.

    According to Dr. Caton, "(The new exhibit) will be 12 feet tall in the center. There will be a 70 inch monitor, a 60 inch monitor, a 42 inch monitor and a 32 inch monitor" that will enable attendees to inspect and enlarge images by some of the world's best astrophotographers and those submitted by attendees for the 2013 AIC Gallery. Cork board space will also be available for folks to pin prints- something that hasn't been offered since AIC 2004.

    Dr, Caton also confirmed other plans for this year's gathering that include enlargement of the very popular 3D booth and the possibility of a new immersive exhibit, called "The Black Hole".

    The AIC Scintillion Newsletter will keep you updated as these exclusive exhibitions progress.

    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!

    Here's a preview of the speakers who will be appearing at this year's gathering. Click here for the full 2013 agenda and more information about each speaker on the AIC 2013 speaker and workshop leader page:
    • Robert Naeye, Editor in Chief, Sky and Telescope
    • Dr. David Malin, legendary British-Australian astronomer, astrophotographer and AIC Hubble recipient
    • Dr. Robert Gendler, one of the world's greatest astrophotographers, author and AIC Hubble recipient
    • Dr. Alex Filippenko, astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley
    • Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History
    • Tony Hallas, one of the world's greatest astrophotographers, lecturer, columnist and AIC Hubble recipient
    • Adam Block, one of the world's greatest astrophotographers, program coordinator/principal speaker at the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center and AIC Hubble recipient
    • Ron Wodaski, a father of modern amateur digital astrophotography, lecturer, author and AIC Hubble recipient
    • Rogelio Bernal Andreo, acclaimed astrophotographer and AIC Pleiades Award recipient
    • Stan Moore, astrophotographer, author of CCD Stack image processing application
    • Mike Rice, owner/operator of New Mexico Skies
    • Neil Fleming, one of the world's leading narrow-band imagers
    • Warren Keller, astrophotographer, lecturer and author
    • Frank Barnes, astrophotographer and AIC Board member
    • Giovanni Paglioli, astrophotographer
    • Evert Cooper, astrophotographer, adaptive optics and seeing expert

    Register now and Make Your Hotel Reservations for the AIC Tenth Birthday Celebration!

    Now you can register and make your hotel reservation for the 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 brightest stars 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:
    • 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! This special birthday event will only happen once!

    AIC 2013 Continues Popular 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 will again offer 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.

    For more information, check out the official 2013 AIC pricing page.

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

    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.

    2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012

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