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Scintillion Volume 9, Number 1
The Advanced Imaging Conference is a non-profit organization managed by an all-volunteer, non-compensated board of astrophotography enthusiasts. Subscribe
Quick links: In this issue:
  • AIC Board Grows more
  • AIC 2015 Attendance more

  • Next AIC more
  • AIC 2015 Presentations more
The AIC Board of Directors
R. Jay GaBany
Ken Crawford
Frank Barnes III
Warren Keller
Keith Allred
Bob Fera
Chris Murray
Rob Chapman
Jim Goodenough
AIC 2015 Sponsors
Astronomy Magazine
BoldlyGo Institute
DC3 Dreams
Officina Stellare
Sierra Remote Observatories
Sky & Telescope
Software Bisque
Woodland Hills Camera and Telescope

AIC 2015 Vendors
Astrodon Imaging
Astro Haven Enterprises
Atik Cameras
Deep Space Products
Finger Lakes Instrumentation
Hacienda Los Andes
Innovations Foresight
Mathis Instruments
Optec, Inc.
Precise Parts
Prism America
San Pedro Valley Observatory
Sky-Watcher USA
Starlight Xpress
Texas Nautical Repair

The AIC board grows by two new members

The AIC board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board members as of the beginning of 2016. Jim Goodenough will take responsibility of the conference's web site,, and Rob Chapman will serve as the newsletter publisher and manager for social media.

Jim Goodenough Rob Chapman
Jim Goodenough Rob Chapman
Jim is a Bay Area native from Los Altos, California. From 1980, he worked over 20 years at Hewlett Packard eventually becoming a process engineering manager. In 2001, Goodenough left HP and started a website design and maintenance business. In 2012, he and a business partner opened Wine Country Star Party which hosts individual, groups and businesses on nighttime tours of the heavens by observing through their company's large telescopes. Jim currently serves as Vice President of the Sonoma County Astronomical Society. He is also a member and the 2006-2007 President of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise.

View some of Jim's astrophotographs and learn more about his unique stellar tour company here.

Like many enthusiasts, Rob's fascination with the sky began at a young age. As a teen, his father presented him with a 10-inch SCT which he used for visual observations and his first attempts at astrophotography using a film SLR camera. However, life events (college, moving to the Silicon Valley, launching a high tech career at a startup, meeting his wife and starting a family) combined to place astronomy low on his list of priorities.

Once his two daughters were old enough to appreciate it, Chapman pulled his SCT off the shelf and introduced them to the night sky. During the process, Rob became hooked on astrophotography after attaching a DSLR camera to his vintage telescope, taking a picture and marveling at the result.

AIC President R. Jay GaBany remarked, "Without enthusiastic volunteers like Jim, Rob and the other board members, our conferences would not be possible. So we are delighted to have both these talented new members on the board."

AIC 2015 Shatters Attendance Records

San Jose Convention Center
San Jose Convention Center
Over 430 people (including Saturday visitors) attended AIC 2015. The conference, held October 16-18, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Centerl broke all previous records by a significant margin! The new, deluxe convention center venue easily accommodated the larger crowd, as attendees enjoyed the packed agenda featuring multiple simultaneous workshops and an ongoing supplier exhibition that remained open throughout the conference.

Over 200 post conference surveys were returned with ratings, personal comments and suggestions. According to the surveys, satisfaction ratings with the registration process, conference materials, speakers & presentations, conference organization, the San Jose Convention Center venue and the AIC preferred Hilton Hotel each reached into the mid-90 percentiles. A whopping 99% of survey respondents said they would recommend attending the next AIC to a friend and almost 90% indicated they planned to attend the next meeting, too.

The surveys also included much appreciated praise, candid comments and constructive suggestions for improvements that the board will include in their plans for the next event.

Just as importantly, the surveys confirmed the board's decision to expand the scope of the conference to include planetary, cometary, solar and TWAN-style imaging topics in the agenda without sacrificing the meetings core focus on deep space astrophotography.

AIC Calls the Next Conference

AIC Calls the Next Conference
Almost immediately following the successful conclusion of AIC 2015, the board of directors began negotiations to secure space at the San Jose Convention Center for the next meeting. Unfortunately, the only dates available during this year's fall season were in the month of December, shortly before Christmas.

Following several more weeks of discussions with both the venue and the adjacent hotel properties, an agreement was finally reached to hold the next conference on Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the downtown San Jose Convention Center where AIC 2015 took place.

As with AIC 2015, the 2017 conference will include 20 or more workshops by many of the world's leading practitioners of deep space, planetary, cometary, solar and TWAN-style imaging. A huge number of manufacturers, retailers and service providers will also participate in the West Coast's largest astronomical exhibition. Special discounted hotel rates, meals and a special event at the nearby IMAX Dome theater will also be included.

The meeting's agenda, speakers, prices and opening dates for pre-registration will be announced in a future edition of the AIC Scintillion Newsletter later this year.

AIC 2015 Presentations and Videos are Available On-line

AIC 2015 Presentations
11 presentations and over 17 hours of live workshop and general session videos are now available for download or streaming by attendees of the 2015 conference at the AIC 2015 archive.

To access this treasury of information, you will need to log on using the email address you submitted with your 2015 registration and the following case sensitive password: 2015AICConference

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