Day 1 of the Advanced Imaging Conference featured VENDORS

Posted by Michael Bakich
on Saturday, September 30, 2017

HOTECH always has a booth filled with fun and useful tools for imagers and observers alike. // Astronomy: Michael E. Bakich
The 2017 incarnation of the Advanced Imaging Conference (AIC) is now in full swing at the San Jose Convention Center in California. Bob Fera, one of the event’s organizers, told me that more than 350 people are attending.

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Sierra Remote Observatories rents lots for imagers to locate their scopes under a dark sky. // Astronomy: Michael E. Bakich
“We wondered if we’d have good attendance because the recent total solar eclipse was somewhat of a drain on people’s time and money,” Fera said. “So we’re happy that so many imagers are joining us. In fact, 25 or so of them signed up in just the past week. That’s a record for us.”

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Meade is currently (and will be in the not-too-distant future) making a splash with new products. Its Coronado solar telescope line just introduced an upgraded product. // Astronomy: Michael E. Bakich
I’m here as Astronomy magazine’s representative for two purposes. The first relates specifically to my position as Photo Editor. I want to encourage attendees to send me their great images. And my second goal is to check out the latest and greatest technology (OK … toys!) and schedule future reviews in the magazine so that our readers can learn about all the great stuff, too.

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A brand-new entry from Hercules Telescopes had longtime imagers salivating. // Astronomy: Michael E. Bakich
And, wow, have I seen some cool new stuff. Just in the first day, I’ve already secured four new items for review. Mum’s the word for now, but there are some game-changers for imagers just around the corner.

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Stay tuned for Day 2.

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