Atik / QSI - 6162 looks nice, a bit expensive and late to market. Does use more expensive QSI electronics vs Atik. Will feature other sensors. Atik also has a new line of cooled CMOS cameras starting with IMX428
FLI - Not new but talk about 4040/400 CMOS. Impressive results. Like the low/high gain built in merge.
ASA - more or less no longer in the amateur business. New DDM mount series that fixes some issues with DDM85 but about a year before another upgrade that fixes tuning issues. 16” hypergraph is cool but very expensive, heavy, and a wind sail. Lots of better alternatives like dream telescopes. 16” RC has no advantage vs Planewave, CFF, OS, or Alluna
Telescope Expess - new line of hyperbolic scopes look really good. 6” is in testing, 8”, 10” planned by summer. Also selling CFF RC with GSO optics. Should be good combo
Baader- nothing new but their claimshell is competively priced with astrohaven. Working on filter slider for RASA 8
Morivian- new line of cool CMOS in work including large format. Also had non cooled guider samples that were very impressive. I encouraged them to attend AIC. opt now official US vendor
Processing / Lectures
-Martin Pugh, the headliner. Disappointed in this one. While I think some of his points on hardware are valid he also has a clear objective in promoting both his business and companies he works with. Talking with other attendees they found his talk discouraging and I could see that if I was a newbie. He also belongs to a group of individuals I would call image manipulators who use photoshop to repaint parts of their image (in his case stars) that he finds unattractive. It’s a fine line but I feel he crossed it in my mind.
-Fabian Neyer, fantastic presentation way over most peoples heads and time commitment to processing a given image. Great results though.
-Oleg Bryzgalov not a great presenter but fantastic content. Puts in a lot of hard work with low end equipment to get fantastic results. New HDRWT technique is fantastic
-Jukka-Pekka Metsävainio on tone mapping, felt really bad because he had tech issues but was effectively how to paint with photoshop. Glad someone asked about data manipulation
-GAIA catalog really impressive work for understanding the structure of Milky Way. Favorite talk.
-Simon Addis on building a backyard observatory on a low budget. Pretty darn cool although he effectively built a lot of what ACP and CCDAP does
-OBSTECH these are the people who own/manage the Chiliscope observatory area. Great site and significantly more upfront investment than DSW to develop location. Will be interesting to see if that pays off. 50% owned by Russians may or may not be an issue for some people.
-Josep Drudis - great examples of merging high resolution into low resolution images. Impressive results. Area for future research
-Edoardo Luca Radice, Luigi Fontana good talk on how to use distortion correction in PixInsight
- several others but mostly repeats of stuff I had seen(e.g. basic pixel math but good for beginners
Also would note the conference attendees were about 10 years younger than in the US
Edited by akulapanam, 17 March 2019 - 11:52 AM.