The Central European Deepsky Imaging Conference (CEDIC) was introduced in 2009 by the three Austrian hobby-astrophotographers Christoph Kaltseis, Herbert Raab and Wolfgang Leitner. It was the first international astronomical imaging conference throughout Europe and their personal contribution to the International Year of Astronomy 2009. Certainly it was not an accident that the date of the CEDIC encountered with the "100 Hours of Astronomy". Far from it! The organizers also wanted to support this project oft the IYA with their conference.
Since 2009 the conference takes place every 2 years and is a growing event that sees more international attendees each time. The second CEDIC in 2011 for example had more than 150 participants from 20 countries, including lecturers from South and North America, and the Middle East. We appreciate the fact, that we could always invite an internationaly well known key-speaker for each conference and we want to express our gratitude to Lars Lindberg Christensen (2009, ESO) R. Jay Gabany (2011, USA), David Malin (2013, Australia) and Don Goldman (2015, USA) for contributing to our conference!
The conference offers two days of lectures and workshops and altough the main focus is deepsky imaging also other interesting topics of astrophotography are covered. For example: TWAN stile photography, timelapse photography, planetary imaging, comet imaging, scientific astronomy, etc. Beside the lectures there is also a lot of time to visit the booths of our partners, where one could find a lot of fine astro equipment. But there is also enough time for small talks and expert discussions - after all, communication across local borders is one of the main concepts of the CEDIC. Maybe this is one of the reasons why most of the conference attendees also join the traditional Conference Dinner on Saturday evening, a good possibility of meeting astrophotographers (and friends) from all over the world, exchanging not only knowledge but also hanging around together and have fun.
We are already looking foreward to CEDIC '17 which is scheduled for March 10-12, 2017 in Linz, Austria.
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