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  AIC Volume 6, number 5
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In this issue:
  • Tour Lick Observatory more...
  • Submit your images to the AIC 2013 Gallery more...
  • Register before discounts disappear more...
  • 25 exhibitors will be at AIC 2103, more are expected more...
  • Why you should attend AIC 2013 more...
  • Saturday tour explores Stanford more...
  • 2013 Agenda shimmers with astrophotographic celebrities more...
  • Special meal package offered again for local attendees more...
  • 2012 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 2013 is less than one month away- Register Now or risk paying more.
AIC 2013 Sponsors

Join an Exclusive Behind the Scenes Tour of Historic Lick Observatory, Thursday, October 10

The 36-inch Great Lick Refractor.
Sitting high above and overlooking California's Silicon Valley, historic Lick Observatory has remained one of astronomy's greatest resources for research and discovery. Built in the late 1880's, Lick was the world's first permanently occupied mountain observatory. It's 36-inch Alvan Clark refractor was the largest refractor on Earth from its first light in 1888 until 1897, when the 40-inch refractor at Yerkes over took it.

During the 126 years since its establishment, the Lick Observatory has left a major imprint on the history of astronomy in America. For example, using the great 36-inch refractor in 1892, E. E. Barnard visually discovered Amalthea, the fifth moon of Jupiter and the first after Galileo's discoveries. In all, four more moons of Jupiter were discovered by other astronomers at Lick.

In 1896, the observatory accepted the donation of the 36-inch Crossley reflector from a British amateur. This instrument became the first large reflecting telescope put into operation and used by astronomers at a first-class site. Using the Crossley, astronomers at Lick determined the success of the reflector design for all subsequent large telescopes. Once the Crossley was in operation Lick Observatory, the future path of astronomical research in the 20th century, based on large reflecting telescopes, was determined.

Over the past two decades, the observatory's 3-meter Shane telescope pioneered the use of adaptive optics to remove the effects of Earth's air turbulence and vastly improve the clarity of astronomical imagery.

By combining excellent equipment, favorable location, and proximity to the resources of the University of California, Lick established the pattern for large modern observatories that has continued to this day.

Now, AIC 2013 attendees have an opportunity to take a private, behind the scene walking tour of this exceptional facility hosted by one of the Observatory's astronomers.

The tour will operate from noon until 3PM, Thursday, October 10 starting at the Main Building/Visitor Center on top of Mount Hamilton, located just east of San Jose.

This private, escorted tour will include a viewing of the Great Lick Refractor, the 40-inch (one meter) Nickel Reflector and many other instruments located at this important facility. Time will also be available to visit the Lick Observatory gift shop for the purchase of souvenirs.

Be sure to bring your camera. In addition to photographing Lick's instruments and seldom seen places, you'll want to capture the grandeur of its surroundings. For example, the observatory is located at over 4,000 feet above sea level. As a result, the view of the entire Silicon Valley is breathtaking! You can easily see south to Monterey Bay and north beyond San Francisco. If its a clear day, you may even glimpse the Sierra-Nevada mountains across the central valley on the other side of the state!

You must be registered for AIC 2013 to participate on this tour. The tour is limited to the first 40 attendees who register.
The domes of Lick Observatory sprout like mushrooms across Mt. Hamilton.

To register, please
  1. Log back onto the AIC Registration system
  2. Click the Workshops and Extras link
  3. Check the AIC Lick Observatory Tour checkbox
  4. Click the Recalculate Total button
  5. and
  6. Click Continue link until you have completed paying for the tour.
The non-refundable cost of the tour is only $25 per person. All tour proceeds will be donated to the Friends of Lick Observatory- a non-profit organization that seeks to build public awareness of the observatory's education programs and events.

Shortly after registering, you will receive an email with additional tour information, driving instructions from the San Jose area and a pass you will need to print and present at the beginning of the tour.

Please note:
  • You are responsible for arranging transportation to Lick Observatory. The AIC does not provide transportation for this private tour.
  • The two lane road up Mt. Hamilton from San Jose is narrow in many places and has numerous tight turns that require you to proceed with caution at a reduced speed. Therefore, we suggest you depart from the San Jose area by 10AM on the morning of the tour (at the latest) so you can safely navigate this twisty mountain road and arrive shortly before noon.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. The walking tour involves climbing over 100 steps and a total walk of over half a mile.
  • With the exception of a snack vending machine, no food is available for purchase at or near the observatory. We recommend you bring a packed meal, snacks or picnic lunch.
  • After safety, science takes priority. Therefore, it may not be possible to enter certain areas, or remain in certain areas for prolonged intervals.

Share the Brilliance of Your Best Images!

This is your opportunity to let your light shine throughout the conference by sending us your best images for the AIC Image Gallery. Displayed throughout the conference during breaks, lunches and the Saturday night dinner, by the end of the meeting your work will have been seen over a dozen times by other meeting attendees- and they will become part of the AIC permanent collection on the AIC web site following the conference.

This is not a contest, there will be no judges and no one will receive a blue ribbon. Instead, this is a celebration of our hobby and, as a result, everyone is guaranteed to be a winner! So, here's an opportunity for you to shine a spot light on your astrophotography talent! In fact, your most difficult challenge may be deciding which images to feature!

We can accept up to three images from each attendee. All images must be submitted by Friday, October 12.

To enter, follow our simple guidelines then upload your pictures to our server. It's fast and easy!

Click here! to get started. All images must be submitted no later than October 1.

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:

  • Dr. Jerry Bonnell, 2013 AIC Hubble Award co-recipient, Editor- Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
  • Dr. Robert Nemiroff, 2013 AIC Hubble Award co-recipient, Editor- Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
  • 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

25 Exhibitors Confirmed, More Anticipated

Unlike other big name national and regional astronomy events, the Advanced Imaging Conference is built around the sharing of information, ideas and techniques about astrophotography.

However, the cost of organizing, promoting, up-front funding and managing the annual get-together is greater than the attendee registration fees can support. So the AIC also features a Product Showcase packed with the world's leading manufacturers, retailers and service providers. Their fees help offset costs and make each AIC possible.

This year will be no exception. 25 Sponsors and Vendors are planning to exhibit. More are expected.

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 in between sessions. This year, the Product Showcase will be open during the Friday afternoon workshops and late afternoon on Saturday for those who want to shop.

Here' a list of exhibitors who be at AIC 2013:
Sponsors Vendors

Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend AIC

AIC 2012 General Session
Whether you've been to AIC in the past or are contemplating attending sometime soon, this year's Advanced Imaging Conference is the one astro-oriented meeting you should not miss! Not only have we assembled the finest group of speakers in our meeting's history, but we've also packed the conference with a few surprises to help celebrate our 10th Birthday!
  Click here to view the Top Ten reasons for attending AIC.

Yes, AIC is 10 years old this year! It started as an idea to gather some friends at a hotel over the weekend so they could share imaging challenges and solutions. Less than 100 people attended that first meeting. For the past three years, AIC has averaged over 300!

So, to commemorate our 10th birthday, we've invited all the past Hubble recipients including some who rarely venture out, like Drs.Rob Gendler and David Malin!

You're invited, too!

Register now and Make Your Hotel Reservations. Only a few Discounted Rooms Remain!

With less than one month remaining, now is your last chance to register and make your hotel reservations before our discounted rate sells out! The AIC discounted rate is $105 per night during the conference. The regular Hyatt Regency Santa Clara room rate starts at $159 per night.

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 Hanna's 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.

2012 Presentation Downloads Now Available for Everyone

A complete set of 2012 conference presentations are now available for the general public to download and review at their convenience. Following is a list of links to each of the AIC's presentation archives.

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