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Quick links: In this issue:
  • And the 2015 Hubble Recipient is...more
  • AIC 2015 offers a jam packed agenda...more
  • Hop on board AIC Tracks...more.
  • Astrophotography’s brightest stars light up AIC 2015...more
  • The cure for your astro-addiction...more.
  • AIC 2015 registration now open for Scintillion readers...more
  • Hilton Hotel offers discounted AIC rate...more
  • AIC 2015 has an exclusive movie presentation...more
  • Spouses will have a special day...more.
  • W. Keller appointed to AIC board...more
The AIC Board of Directors
R. Jay GaBany
Ken Crawford
Frank Barnes III
Keith Allred
Bob Fera
Chris Murray
Warren Keller
AIC 2015 Sponsors

Crawford Tapped for 2015 Hubble Award

The AIC board of directors has announced the recipient of the 2015 Hubble Award will be Ken Crawford. This decision represents a departure from the previous list of recipients because it was not the result of a unanimous board decision.  Until this year, the board abstained from considering any sitting board member for this citation.  However, during private discussions and a vote that did not include Mr. Crawford, the board decided to make 2015 an exception.

According to sources on the board, the conference organizers agreed Ken was long overdue for this merit. Many members reported having received unsolicited emails questioning why Ken had been overlooked previously. It was also noted that Ken’s name had been mentioned numerous times in the anonymous attendee survey distributed shortly after each conference.

R. Jay GaBany, AIC President said, "The board could think of no one more deserving than Ken. He has worked tirelessly in support of both AIC and astrophotography, in general, for over a decade. Without Ken’s dedication and selfless contributions, the AIC annual meetings would have probably ceased several years ago."

Crawford is one of the AIC founding fathers and is the organization’s former President. Currently, he serves AIC as the Board Chairman.

Ken’s fascination with the night sky began early while he was still in 8th grade. By 2002 his interest reached new heights when he opened the Rancho Del Sol Observatory and eventually equipped it with a 20-inch research grade RC telescope with the latest camera technology. 37 of his deep space images have already been selected as an Astronomical Picture of the Day (APOD) and his pictures have also been seen in countless astronomical magazines, books and television documentaries.

Crawford has made serious contributions to science by working with an international team of professional astronomers who are investigating the evolution of galaxies through the discovery and analysis of ancient galactic merger remnants known as star streams. As a result, Ken has co-authored two peer-reviewed scientific papers published by The Astronomical Journal.

Ken also serves on the APOD advisory committee and has successfully advocated for the site to increase its use of amateur photographs.

Ken is a tremendous resource for fellow astrophotographers. His willingness to divulge advanced image processing techniques though private emails, phone calls, one-on-one training sessions, conference presentations and free DVD tutorials is legendary.

According to one AIC board member, Ken’s remarkable willingness to share information, alone, qualifies him for the Hubble Award. Another board member cited Ken as the most energetic and effective evangelist for the hobby he has ever known.

Ken will receive the award and present the 2015 Hubble lecture at this fall’s AIC in San Jose.

AIC 2015 offers a packed agenda: deep space, planetary, cometary, solar and TWAN imaging!

How do you cram more conversation about astrophotography than you have during a typical month into one long weekend? By attending AIC this fall, of course. This can also be said for any of the previous annual sessions, but this year it is doubly true because the agenda features more workshops about more topics presented by more of the world’s best astrophotographic experts!
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For example, 4 simultaneous sets of two hour workshops will be in session throughout Friday, the conference’s first day. Topics will span beginner to advanced techniques and advice. There will be workshops for folks just starting into the hobby, classes that teach the latest advanced image processing techniques, high resolution solar and planetary imaging, mastering PixInsight and learning methods for creating breathtaking pictures of the world at night (TWAN).

The Saturday agenda has also been altered to fit more class room time. After the morning general session and lunch, attendees will be invited to select 2 ninety minute workshops from a list featuring topics about hunting and photographing comets, producing planetary images that rival space craft views and advanced image processing.

Finally, Sunday will include an opportunity for some attendees to participate in one of over 10 one hour round-table discussions, called 'Network with an Expert'. Each round-table meeting will be moderated by one of our imaging experts who will be available to answer questions, offer advice and encourage other round-table participants to share information.

This special event will be limited to the first 130 people who register. Conferees who do not attend this special session are invited to join R. Jay GaBany’s presentation that discusses 8 ways to intensify color.

Workshop and lecture titles reflect the general subject to be presented. Actual titles will be updated prior to the conference. This agenda is provisional and subject to change without notice.

Hop onboard AIC Tracks to coordinate your conference curriculum

Not sure which workshops to select? Let AIC help you get the most from this year’s conference.

Introducing AIC Tracks, our recommended set of workshops that will ensure you receive the most information about topics matching your interest.

This year, AIC is offering three separate tracks:
  1. Foundations of Astrophotography- for people who are new to the hobby. The following sequence of workshops are offered:
    • a. Friday
      • Producing TWAN images with Babak Tafreshi
      • Solar Imaging with Alan Friedman
      • DSLR astrophotography 1 with Richard Wright
      • DSLR astrophotography 2 with Jerry Lodriguss
    • b. Saturday
      • Planetary imaging with Christopher Go
      • Comet hunting and image capture with Terry Lovejoy

  2. Advanced deep space astrophotography- for seasoned astrophotographers who need the latest advice and techniques. The following sequence of workshops are offered:
    • a. Friday
      • Advanced Astrophotography with Adam Block
      • Using PixInsight with Vicent Peris
      • Advanced Astrophotography with Tony Hallas
      • Advanced Astrophotography with Fabian Neyer
    • b. Saturday
      • Deep Space imaging with Peter Kalajian
      • Deep Space Imaging with Rogelio Bernal Andreo

  3. Solar system A-Z- for attendees interested in planetary and solar astroimaging. The following workshops are offered:
    • a. Friday
      • DSLR astrophotography 1 with Richard Wright
      • DSLR astrophotography 2 with Jerry Lodriguss
      • High resolution planetary and solar imaging with Thierry Legault
      • Solar imaging with Alan Friedman
    • b. Saturday
      • Planetary imaging with Christopher Go
      • Comet hunting and image capture with Terry Lovejoy

Workshops are scheduled when you submit your conference registration. Of course, you may select any workshops that are available. But, many of the workshops are color coded for each of the three AIC Tracks. To get on board, simply choose workshops with the same color code.

Become a star gazer at AIC 2015

Few things are more mesmerizing than the view of a star cluster through a telescope. Grouped together, the brilliance of each star combines with the rest to produce an unforgettable experience. The same can be said of the astrophotographic stars that are gathering for this year’s AIC. In fact, this is the greatest set of astrophotography expertise that’s ever been assembled for a single meeting!

This partial roster of AIC 2015 speakers and workshop presenters reads like a Who’s Who of astrophotographic talent:
  • Rogelio Bernal Andreo: world renowned producer of wide field deep space and TWAN images
  • Adam Block: one of the world’s most highly respected astrophotographers and director of the Mt Lemmon Sky Center
  • Dr. David Martinez-Delgado (Heidelberg Uni.): a leading pro-am collaborator and the world authority on galactic tidal streams
  • Alan Friedman: considered by many to be the world’s leading expert on solar imaging
  • R. Jay GaBany: well-known astrophotographer and frequent deep space science collaborator
  • Christopher Go: a famous producer of planetary images that rival pictures returned by space craft reconnaissance missions
  • Tony Hallas: one of the planet’s best astrophotographers
  • Pete Kalajian: science teacher, accomplished astrophotographer, telescope maker, flat fielding expert
  • Thierry Legault: the famous producer of ultra-high resolution planetary, lunar and orbiting space craft images
  • Jerry Lodriguss: the world famous astrophotographer, astroimaging evangelist and author
  • Terry Lovejoy: the famous Australian comet hunter
  • Fabian Neyer: one of the leading European producers of ultra-deep space images
  • Vicent Peris: the world’s expert on using PixInsight
  • Martin Pugh:consistently on everyone’s short list of the world’s best deep-space astrophotographers
  • Babak A. Tafreshi: considered by many to be the world’s best producer of the world at night (TWAN) pictures
  • Richard Wright: leading expert on the use of DSLR cameras for astrophotography

...and there is more to come!

AIC offers remedies to control your astro-addiction

Many leading behavior scientists are starting to recognize a growing condition afflicting thousands of unsuspecting would-be scientists and artists around the world. We’re talking about astro-addiction- a term that is generally only whispered in polite company. AIC believes it’s time to pull this condition out of the shadows and confront it head on with therapeutic advice to help you control its symptoms.

First, we’re sorry to inform you, but if you are reading this article, you are probably already suffering from this condition.

It starts out innocently enough when a person with a casual interest in astronomy gets bitten by the astronomy bug. No one is safe and its onset often happens during youth. The gift receipt or purchase of a small binocular or telescopes is the widely accepted gateway to more advanced symptoms which manifest in later years. Astro-addiction is characterized by countless uncommon behaviors that can include uncontrollable agitation during extended periods of cloud covered nights, the exuberant purchase of (what most people would consider) expensive or exotic telescopic equipment or spending countless hours hovering over a computer screen to produce an astronomical photo.

To those who are unaffected, this is a sad state of affairs to observe. For example, many non-addicts, such as spouses, can only watch in silence while offering patient support.

Unfortunately, astro-addiction is incurable for most. Sometimes the sufferer will go into remission for many years only to experience a flare-up later in life.

AIC offers the following effective remedies for those who share this condition:
  1. Admit your addiction by purchasing one of our new AIC 2015 T-Shirts! They come in two new eye catching styles. Both proudly proclaim your acceptance of the disease! This is not the first step to a cure, but it sure does make living with your addiction more fun!

    In sympathy for fellow sufferers, AIC has arranged for you to SAVE $5.00 off the conference price when you make an advanced purchase during your on-line registration.

    Our durable, heavy weight 100% Ultra cotton shirts are pre-shrunk and double needle stitched. They come in a full range of sizes, including youth sizes for small family members that are beginning to show initial symptoms. You will receive your T-shirt when you check in at the registration desk at the beginning of the conference.

    But, don’t hesitate; relief is just a mouse click away when you register!

  2. Register for AIC 2015! There is nothing better than talking with others who share your condition! AIC 2015 is the largest astro-addiction support group on the planet. You will not find more fellow addicts than at AIC 2015!

  3. Private AIC 2015 registration now open for Scintillion subscribers
    This year’s price is reduced 25%- only $279 per person!

    AIC Weekend General Session
    For the next two weeks, subscribers to the AIC Scintillion newsletter are invited to register for AIC 2015 before general registration opens to the public.

    This year’s conference will take place October 16-18, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center in downtown, San Jose California!

    The price of registration has been rolled back to only $279.00 for general attendance. That’s a savings of almost $100 compared to the price of previous meetings!

    Your registration fee includes:
    • Admittance to all workshops and presentations throughout the three day conference
    • Unlimited admittance to the Technology showcase in the exhibition hall
    • Attendance at the Saturday night conference banquet at Il Fornaio restaurant, located two blocks from the convention center
    • Saturday afternoon break featuring refreshments and snacks
    • Unrestricted download of presentations and workshops shortly after the meeting concludes
    • Unrestricted viewing of presentation and workshop videos (non-attendees will be charged for this material)

    Your registration fee does not include:
    • Friday and Saturday breakfast and lunch or Friday dinner
    • Hotel accommodations. There are several top rated hotels within two blocks of the convention center.

    • We recommend the Hilton San Jose Hotel that's attached to the convention center. It is offering a special AIC discount rate of only $119 per night during the conference

    Unlike previous AIC meetings, your registration fee does not include all meals. Previous AIC gatherings took place at locations that offered few dining options; therefore meals were catered at a significant additional cost to the registration fee. This year, AIC is surrounded by dozens of appetizing dining establishments. So, you have a wide selection of options that are within easy walking distance from the convention center. Click here for a map of restaurants we recommend. Click here for a map of all possible eating establishments located in downtown San Jose.

    Stay at the Hilton San Jose for only $119 per night

    Book Now!

    Although there are a large number of great hotels conveniently located near the convention center, AIC has made arrangements to offer a limited number of overnight accommodations during the conference at the Hilton San Jose Hotel for the special AIC conference rate of only $119 per night during the meeting. (Regular rates for this hotel during this period can run over $300.)

    This special rate includes free in-room high-speed WiFi and a discounted self-parking rate of only $15 per night. (Non-discounted self-parking rate is $24 per night)

    About the Hilton San Jose Hotel
      The Hilton San Jose is attached to the Convention Center where AIC 2015 is being held. So, access to the conference is only a few steps from your room.

      In between AIC sessions, you can comfortably unwind in your stylishly decorated guest room. Work in comfort at the smart desk with an ergonomic chair, surf the web with high-speed internet access or watch a movie on the 32-inch TV.

      Enjoy European-inspired cuisine with French influences at the Hilton’s Affinity Restaurant. Dine on regional favorites and chef's specials made with the freshest ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy distinctive table service in the dining room or experience alfresco eating in the beautiful patio. The Affinity Lounge provides a laid-back setting to enjoy drinks or host an informal meeting. Watch a game on the 37-inch HDTV screens or unwind under the California sky at the outdoor patio lounge.

      Work out in the hotel fitness center offering a range of cardiovascular equipment and free weights or swim laps in the heated outdoor pool.

    Bookings must be completed by September 15, 2015. This discount is limited to only Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, October 15, 16 and 17. Other nights before or after these dates will be subject to the hotel’s regular room rates.

    Check-in begins at 3PM, Thursday, October 15. Check-out should be completed by 12:00 noon on Sunday, October 18.

    Book now! Rooms at this special rate are limited! Click here to make your hotel reservations.

    Join us Friday night for an exclusive IMAX Dome presentation of Hubble

    Join us Friday, October 16 at 9PM for an AIC Exclusive private viewing of Hubble at the San Jose Tech Museum Hackworth IMAX dome theater- the largest IMAX® dome west of the Mississippi. The 90 foot IMAX® dome envelopes and places you inside the action on the screen with a 180 degree field of view reinforced by 13,000 watts of wrap-around digital surround sound.

    Experience the gripping story - full of hope, crushing disappointment, dazzling ingenuity, bravery, and triumph – in Hubble, the seventh awe-inspiring film from the award-winning IMAX® Space Team. Through the power of IMAX®, Hubble will enable movie-goers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space-walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film will offer an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves.

    Movie tickets are only available when you register for the conference. The price of admission is only $5.00 per person. Popcorn and drinks included! Seating is limited to the first 250 ticket purchases.

    This is an IMAX 2D presentation.

    Bring your spouse to AIC and give them a day to remember

    This year, AIC offers your spouse a memorable Saturday experience while you are busy at the conference. For example, Saturday's adventure begins with meeting old and new friends in the lobby of the Hilton San Jose. An executive shuttle will pick up the group for a short drive down the road to Savory Kitchen, a local well-loved culinary school, to learn a few new tricks in the kitchen and enjoy lunch together.

    Everyone will get to make their own hand thrown pizza from scratch and top it with delicious and unique toppings. Followed by this delicious lunch, everyone will get to create homemade hot fudge, salted caramel sauce and strawberry balsamic coulis to dress up a fresh scoop of ice cream.

    Following Savory Kitchen, the group will take the executive shuttle back down the road to the San Jose Art Museum for a private tour. The Museum’s permanent collection - 1,400 varied artworks from the 20th and 21st centuries - has a special focus on West Coast art, seen in a national and international context. The group is invited to remain at the museum for further viewing or perhaps a tour of the gift shop followed by a fresh cup of tea in their cafe.

    Once done enjoying the museum, everyone is free to walk back to the Convention Center (two blocks) or local hotel to refresh before the AIC dinner at Il Fornaio.

    New this year: Spouse registrations also include admittance to any workshop when they accompany you. Each spouse registration also comes with a special welcome gift that includes a local guide and a few surprises to sweeten the weekend. The price is only $125.

    Warren Keller joins the AIC Board

    AIC recently announced the election of Warren Keller to the conference’s board of directors. Warren’s name will be familiar to many readers. His images have appeared in SKY & Telescope, Astronomy, Nightscape, Amateur Astronomy, West Virginia Living and Pennsylvania Magazines. Warren’s pictures have also been featured on the prestigious Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website.

    Keller has also written extensively for AstroPhoto Insight and his articles have appeared in SKY & Telescope, Amateur Astronomy, and IDA Nightscape. He has also lectured and led workshops at the North East Astro-Imaging Conference (NEAIC) in New York, the Midwest Astro-Imaging Conference (MWAIC) in Chicago and the Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) in San Jose. Warren is currently writing a book for Springer Press tentatively titled Inside PixInsight due in 2017.

    R. Jay GaBany, President & CEO of AIC commented, "Warren possesses a deep well of creativity and enthusiasm. We are extremely delighted he has agreed to join our organization and the board looks forward to working with him!"

    Plan to attend the 11th annual 2015 Advanced Imaging Conference

    The San Jose Convention Center.
    Mark your calendars, set aside Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18, 2015 and plan to attend the next Advanced Imaging Conference! This year's meeting will be bigger and better than ever! In fact, to accommodate this fall's gathering , we will convene at the San Jose Convention Center in the heart of the Silicon Valley- Downtown San Jose, California.

    The all new AIC 2015 will include:
    • Upgraded, expanded meeting, exhibition and workshop venues
    • Free, hi-speed Wi-Fi throughout the Convention Center
    • A greatly enlarged choice of excellent overnight accommodations (we suggest you hold a reservation now to guarantee a good rate):
      • Marriott Hotel - take an elevator from your room to the Convention Center
      • Hilton Hotel- conveniently connected down a short hallway to the Convention Center
      • Hyatt Place Hotel- hey, it's a Hyatt and only a few steps across the street from the Convention Center
      • The Fairmont Hotel- pamper yourself at the most luxurious hotel in San Jose and only a 5 minute walk from the Convention Center
      • The Sainte Claire Hotel- an historic icon with 21st century facilities and amenities- only one block from the Convention Center
      • The Ramada Hotel- a great value and only two blocks from the Convention Center

    • Easy walking distance to an abundance of exciting restaurants, grills, pubs, fast food and late night entertainment venues plus visual and performing arts facilities
    • Close proximity to San Jose International Airport (located only 4 miles away)
    Friday will be dedicated to workshops brimming with the world's most expert instructional advice covering image processing, data acquisition and the use of popular processing software applications for deep space, planetary, solar and TWAN photography. It's a treasury of information you'll find no where else on Earth (and, no, we won't scrimp on our support for long exposure astrophotography)!

    The Saturday and Sunday sessions also promise an exciting constellation of Astro-imaging's brightest stars and, throughout the long weekend, AIC 2015 will showcase the latest technology from our community's leading vendors, manufacturers and service providers with expanded exhibitor hours throughout the conference!

    We will be rolling back our 2015 attendee registration fee and your general admission price will include:
    • Admission to all work shops and the weekend sessions
    • Admission to the Technology Showcase exhibition area throughout the conference
    • Complementary Saturday coffee break
    • A memorable gourmet Saturday night dinner at famous Il Fornaio
    Friday night dinner and lunch on Friday and Saturday will be at your option from local full service or fast food restaurants located within easy walking distance of the convention center or (for lunch only) from AIC designated caterers who will provide service within the meeting venue at a nominal price.

    But, don't come alone! Bring your spouse, companion or your entire family and, for a small additional per person fee, they can join our special companion tour all day Saturday or explore downtown San Jose while you're at the meeting.

    Look for more information about AIC 2015 speakers, the meeting and workshop agenda, prices and registration opening date in upcoming Scintillion newsletters.

    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!

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