It was tricks and treats for several hundred attendees at the Advanced Imaging Conference held in San Jose, California, on Halloween weekend last October. Numerous tricks of the astrophotography trade were revealed by presenters at a day-long series of workshops covering topics ranging from data acquisition and calibration through final tweaking of processed images. Treats too were numerous and included a day of lectures by distinguished speakers, as well as a chance for conference attendees to make and renew acquaintances and talk shop.

S&T: Dennis di Cicco

Another highlight was a ballroom-size vendor area where people could see (and purchase) the latest astrophotography gear. During the conference, Sky & Telescope’s senior editor Dennis di Cicco conducted video interviews with equipment manufacturers and software developers at the cutting edge of today’s astrophotography hobby.

Click on one of the names below to watch an in-depth interview with the corresponding vendor.

ASA Astrosysteme Austria



Ceravolo Optical Systems

DC3 Dreams

PlaneWave Instruments


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Gene Cross

February 6, 2010 at 6:48 pm

The AIC 2009 interviews by senior S&T editor Dennis DiCicco are VERY INFORMATIVE and INSIGHTFUL and entertaining-! Highly recommended-!

Dennis DiCicco did an admirable job of interviewing each of the equipment representatives. I was particularly appreciative of the fact that "reps" were actually the "principals" of the respective companies being represented and that Dennis asked questions that I, as a prospective buyer and user, would like to ask.

Perhaps S&T will sponsor MORE of these at forthcoming astronomical meetings? Perhaps NEAF? PATS? One can hope!

In the future, the techncial quality of the audio could be substantially improved with upgraded microphones.

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D Gates

February 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Great addition to the magazine coverage. It was really nice to see and hear the folks that we have only read about until now.

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John Nassr

June 2, 2010 at 6:22 am

I watched and enjoyed every one of Dennis' interviews. They were very informative and the next best thing to being there. Thank you!


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Chris F.

October 12, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Dennis di Cicco is the man. I mean he has been with S&T since 1974 and looks to be in his 40's. Whats your secret?

Keep on keeping on!

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Prof.Eng.Patrick Morton

February 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Its a great expo.i like all that youre exhibiting, i would appreciatte some interviews on beginners equipment please!!1 I run and give classes at an amateur astronomy club at Liceo los Robles High school,in Maracaibo,Venezuela,South America, and all my students are beginers, they would like to purchase some equipment starting with 60mm´s 4 inchers and so on,as wellas some economical imaging equipment,by the rest all is wonderfull, i wish and dream i could be at those shows.!!keep on!!!they are wonderfull and most educating.Thank you and best regards!!Patrick

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