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#1 Bob Moore

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:46 AM

Hi all I'm starting to put together speakers for NEAIC 2013 and I was wondering who you all think the top five are. Please post names and any other contact info you may have..

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:51 PM

That would be a 'Poll'. The best imagers do not the best speakers make. I've oft sat-in on presentations by great practitioners of many different genres that neither speak nor teach well. That being said, these are my favorites imagers though I can't limit it to 5!-

Gianni Paglioli

Adam Block

Dietmar Hager

Fabian Neyer

Martin Pugh

Leo Orazi

Jordi Gallego

Steve Leshin

Hannes Schedler

Ken Crawford

and many others

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:32 PM

robert gendler

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

I would say that limiting it to five is really tough. I can pick 10 just from CN. Ken Crawford, Rogelio, Thomas Davis, John Davis, David Rosenthal, Warren Keller, Dean Salmen, Jerry Lodriguss, Kfir Simon, Harel Boren, Bob Fera, David Rankin and though he's not from this side of the pond, I have to throw in JP just because he does such great work. And I apologize to the other really good imagers here that I left out.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 10:53 PM

Hey what about me??
Warren you left your name off. Anyone with an RCOS of 20" in or larger shouldn't count. They don't deal with the issues back yard astronomers deal with daily. A guy who can take an 8" astrotech and wow me is tops in my book!

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:06 PM

Mike, I know you are teasing, but you and our Jimmy W are doing great. In fact there are many CN brothers who are doing really good work. 'The Davis brothers' Tom and JOhn are fantastic. Our Israeli dynamic duo Kfir and Harel have become among the very best!! The list goes on. Hey Bill Snyder, JP are AWEsome...

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:23 PM

. A guy who can take an 8" astrotech and wow me is tops in my book!


Nice scopes those 8" Astrotech's :whistle: ;)

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:09 AM

Big W, did you the time I posted this? almost 2AM after teaching for 14 hours, you lucky I spelled Bob right or should it be boB

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:23 AM

Ok, so I already had Adam Block, Dietmar Hager, Fabian Neyer, Ken Crawford,Thomas Davis, Warren (Big W)Keller, Jerry Lodriguss. Rob Gendler, JOhn Davis, and Jim Lafferty are all speaking this year and I'm working on Damian Peach.

I'll check out the others listed please keep the names coming and remember to keep in mine, Would you pay to hear them.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:57 AM

Don't forget Mike Unsold. He's a great presenter and, as an image processing software developer has a much better understanding of what goes into great images than most of us.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 06:59 AM

Best and famous are not usually the same thing ;)

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:19 AM

What about the NASA/ESA imaging competition?
Notice Gendler gets his name there.


Prize winners — image processing category
There were 1189 entries in the image processing category, where contestants had to find promising data in the archive and process them into an attractive image. The top ten entries ranked by the jury are our prize winners; the top five of these were incredibly close and all impressed the judges in different ways.

http://www.spacetele...ements/ann1211/





First prize and winner of the public vote:

Josh Lake, star-forming region NGC 1763


Second prize:

Andre van der Hoeven, spiral galaxy Messier 77


Third prize:

Judy Schmidt, star XZ Tauri


Fourth prize:

Renaud Houdinet, nebula Chamaeleon I


Fifth prize:

Robert Gendler
, spiral galaxy Messier 96
Robert Gendler (USA) is a well known figure in the amateur image processing world. His version of Hubble’s image of NGC 3190 is the default desktop image on new Apple computers. Robert submitted a number of excellent images into the competition. This image of Messier 96 was the jury’s favourite.



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Posted 10 January 2013 - 08:52 AM

In regards to skill as a speaker, I have seen Adam Block and he is quite good. People pay to image with him and learn his techniques all the time.

Of the others mentioned here, I have not seen any of them speak. But I'm sure many of them would give a very interesting talk - at least from my perspective.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 09:56 AM

Bob,
Look into Johhny Paglioli (Gianni), he is one of the Three G's of Officina Stellare. He is literally the most gorgeous processor in the universe, a delightful personality, knows PS in and out, great English, and if he's coming over with Gino and Gianni2, it would be a natural. He spoke at WSP last year and did well.

Thank you guys for incl me in such a list of artists!

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:27 AM

Bob,
Look into Johhny Paglioli (Gianni), he is one of the Three G's of Officina Stellare. He is literally the most gorgeous processor in the universe, a delightful personality, knows PS in and out, great English, and if he's coming over with Gino and Gianni2, it would be a natural. He spoke at WSP last year and did well.

Thank you guys for incl me in such a list of artists!


Totally agree, he does some amazing work

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

What about the NASA/ESA imaging competition?


How nice to see my name passing by here :o I would think of:

Josef Popsl (capella observatories)
Robert Gendler
JPM
Adam Block
and many others...

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:31 PM

I think the question should be "who are the best 5 deep sky image processors in the world". I'd say most of us with good equipment can capture images, but what comes into the mix is location and quality of equipment, and most of all.... image processing skills!!! :bangbangbang:

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

>>>>>who are the best 5 deep sky image processors in the world

Or, who is best at describing the imaging process???.....

John Madden is not the world's best football player, but he sure can explain football things.....

Alex

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:02 PM

Manuel Jimenez -> http://www.manuelj.com/

His work amazes me all the time.

Off course all of the above is on my list too.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

If you're trying to select speakers...I'd be more interested in the topics than in the presenter. What would get me interested? Some serious coverage of the PixInsight platform would get my attention. In terms of people: Juan Conejero, Manuel Jimenez, Vicent Peris, Carlos Milovic, Rogelio Bernal Andreo, Steve Leshin.

Juan Conejero is a walking encyclopedia of image processing knowledge and he communicates his knowledge extremely well - at least in a written format. His support posts over in the PixInsight forum are typically mini-lessons all by themself and do a good job of putting complex processing concepts into laymen's terms.

I wouldn't mind seeing some presentations on using our equipment for stuff other than pretty pictures. Lowell Observatory has a bunch of people who can talk on pro-am collaboration. Tim Puckett of Apogee is extremely personable and has some knowledge in this area as well.

I'd be really interested in a speaker who's doing some great astrophotography with mortal equipment. $250,000 of gear and a mountain top location and I expect you to turn out APOD quality work every time you boot up the laptop. Show me a guy who's doing it on a blue collar budget with say....less than $10k of equipment.

In the same sort of vein....find me a speaker that can talk about setting up a remote site....without having to spend huge cash to do it. Show me how to put my $20k imaging rig somewhere dark and remote in a permanent arrangement that doesn't require me to break open the kids college funds to pay for it.

What would I not be interested in? Going to see a speaker who's going to talk about all the same curves, high pass filters, clipping masks and other stuff that I can get from dozens of online tutorials.

That's just my rapidly depreciating 2 cents....

Mike

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:03 PM

I wouldn't mind hearing the likes of Dennis DiCicco and Sean Walker expound at length on processing. And they usually show up for NEAF, anyway.

Grant

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 02:15 PM

Very good Mike! :like:

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:44 PM

yeah, i agree with everything Mike has said above. Getting some of those spanish guys would be great.

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 03:56 PM

+1 Mike summed it up for us Bob...Bob, hey Bob, are you listening to us ? :)

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 04:05 PM

What about the NASA/ESA imaging competition?


How nice to see my name passing by here :o I would think of:

Josef Popsl (capella observatories)
Robert Gendler
JPM
Adam Block
and many others...


But your win gives you the qualifications to be a speaker. :bow:

http://www.astro-pho.../messier-77-hst







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