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Quick links: In this issue:
  • AIC 2015 will be recorded in HD...more
  • Many will win a door prize...more
  • Half the discounted rooms are taken...more.
  • See the brightest stars sparkle...more
  • Agenda updated...more.

  • AIC is not just for experts...more
  • Registration is open...more
  • Exclusive IMAX movie offer...more
  • Bring your spouse...more
  • Pick the best workshops ...more
The AIC Board of Directors
R. Jay GaBany
Ken Crawford
Frank Barnes III
Keith Allred
Bob Fera
Chris Murray
Warren Keller
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AIC 2015 Sponsors
AIC 2015 Vendors



AIC 2015 Workshops and General Session Presentations will be Available on Streaming HD Video

This year, for the very first time, most AIC workshops and general presentations will be video recorded and made available to meeting attendees, free of charge, shortly following the meeting. Now, in addition to downloading the actual presentation files, attendees will be able to re-live the event, stop and replay the lecture or review a valuable tip via streaming high definition video. In addition, presentations featuring live demonstrations that cannot be captured in a PowerPoint slide deck will finally be available for later review.

This free service will only be available to conference attendees.

AIC president, R. Jay GaBany said, "The ability to provide videos of AIC events has been one of the Board's long standing goals and the number one enhancement request from previous conference attendees. We are delighted to now be in a position to make it available for AIC 2015."

No special software will be needed and the HD videos will be compatible with all desktop browsers and most mobile devices. To view the material, you will only need access to the Internet and a personal username and password. Streaming services will be provided by VIMEO.

Conferees will be notified by email when the videos are available, sometime in mid-November. The email will also provide instructions for an easy one time account setup.




You can Win a Fabulous Prize just by Entering AIC 2015 through the Door!

One of the most anticipated events at any Advanced Imaging Conference is the Door Prize drawing at the meeting's closing event and AIC 2015 will not be an exception! The AIC Door Prize drawing is made possible by the overwhelming generosity of the Sponsors and Vendors exhibiting at the meeting.

Most prizes are worth your AIC registration! Many are more valuable than your entire trip!

This year, AIC Exhibitors are donating everything except the door! Below is a partial list of the valuable prizes you may win just by being an AIC attendee. The drawing will occur, Sunday, October 18 at 10:30AM- 11:00AM.

AIC 2015 Door Prizes (partial listing)
Exhibitor Door Prize
Adobe One year Creative Cloud complete
Astro-Physics CCD Telecompressor
Atik Atik GP color camera
BoldlyGo Institute Logo Polo Shirt
CCDWare CCDWare Software Licenses
DC-3 Dreams ACP Expert License
Hacienda los Andes New moon astrophotography weekend all-in
Innovations Foresight On Axis Guider (ONAG)
Officina Stellare Off-axis Guider
Optec Pyxis LE
Prism America Prism Version 10 Pro edition
Sierra Remote Observatories Free Registration to AIC 2016
Sky-Watcher USA ProED 80 with reducer/flattener
Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2
Texas Nautical Repair Takahashi FS-60CB





Only Half the AIC 2015 Discounted Hotel Rooms Remain
Stay at the Hilton San Jose Convention Center for only $119 per night
The AIC conference rate ends September 15, so book Now!


Only half the rooms with the AIC Conference Rate of $119 per night are left! 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).

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 Convention Center 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.)

About the Hilton San Jose Convention Center Hotel
    The Hilton San Jose Hotel 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 before they run out.




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

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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!

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.




Opinion
The Advanced Imaging Conference is not just for Advanced Imagers

By R. Jay GaBany, President and CEO- AIC


Although the name suggests the annual AIC meeting is only meant for astrophotography experts, don't let the conference name mislead you. Each year the AIC agenda includes workshops targeted for novices, too.

Whether you're only curious, have started to purchase equipment and wonder how to properly use it or have taken your first images and are perplexed about how to process your data, the AIC is the best place to get the information you need quickly.

AIC has an ocean of information for folks who have many year's of expertise but it's not just for experts!

I recall attending the first Advanced Imaging Conference back in 2004. I had succumbed to the hobby only a year earlier and found myself sitting in the audience surrounded by famous and familiar names I had seen in online forums, magazines and web sites. The excitement of being at a meeting with people who had produced the magnificent images I admired was intoxicating! While my enthusiasm was very high, the quality of my images at that time was, well, they looked sad. I was at that point in my learning curve where frustration ran large.

I consider astrophotography to be the most complicated endeavor I have ever attempted. The number of moving parts is almost overwhelming- the mount, the electronics, the weather, the challenges of image processing and (to some extent) luck, all conspire to make your best intentions, hours of work and a small fortune in equipment wind up in the corner collecting dust. On top of that, astrophotography is a self-taught exercise that does not garner a great deal of support from friends or family members. When the subject arose, my neighbors and family would often taunt, "Why do you invest so much time and treasure?" This meant, are you nuts? That's not the best environment for tackling a daunting challenge such as this.

So, when I attended AIC, I suddenly found myself surrounded by others who shared my zeal and more than a few of my experiences. I quickly discovered I was not alone, my excitement and frustrations had been felt by my fellow meeting attendees, too. But, more importantly, I received an important ingredient needed to be a successful astrophotographer: encouragement. I was also able to learn more in one long weekend that I had figured-out by myself over the past year! AIC helped make the puzzle pieces fit together.

As a result, my imaging skills accelerated! By the next annual meeting, my images had taken on an entirely new complexion. Some had even been published by then. I honestly attribute much of this to my attendance at AIC.

So, if you are just starting out, I strongly recommend you come to this year's AIC! Think of AIC as the Accelerated Imaging Conference.

To help you accelerate your imaging skills, this year's agenda has been organized into sets of workshops, called tracks, that will help you select the most appropriate lectures to match your current skill level. For example, the Foundations of Astrophotography track will provide a wealth of information for enthusiasts who have been involved with the hobby for less than a year. By choosing this recommended set of classes, new astrophotographers will learn all the image production basics: from exposing to processing images using both dedicated astronomical cameras to inexpensive DSLR gear. Topics will include deep space, planetary, solar, cometary and TWAN style pictures, too.

So, if you are on the fence about attending AIC, I encourage you to save yourself time, effort and frustration by joining the world's largest gathering of astrophotographic knowledge and talent. Register for AIC 2015 now!





AIC 2015 registration now open
This year’s price is reduced 25%- only $279 per person!


AIC Weekend General Session
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!

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

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

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.




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.




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.





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