Interested in ALCon 2017 (ASTROCON)? Plan NOW!


You probably know that hotel accommodations in Casper, WY during ALCon 2017 (ASTROCON 2017) are in short supply. But there are rooms left – at least for now.

Please follow this procedure for securing a room. If you haven't booked a room already, please do not delay. We do not know how long the remaining rooms will last!

1. Go to the ASTRONCON 2017 website

2. Register for ASTROCON 2017.

3. When you receive a registration confirmation email, and if you want a hotel room, please respond to the email by requesting a room.  You will then receive an email from a member of the ASTROCON planning committee (usually Chair Lowell Lyon) and given a code. You will be directed to a hotel and given the phone number to call.

4. When you call that particular hotel, they will ask you for your ASTROCON code.

This procedure is necessary to avoid non-ALCon (ASTROCON) attendees from booking the block of rooms set aside for ALCon attendees. Yes, it does happen!

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Open Cluster Program Adds Imaging


The Open Cluster Program now allows imaging.  Check it out!

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ALCON 2016 Washington DC - A CapitAL CONvention


August 10 through August 13 features the Astronomical League’s national convention coming to the NRECA Center in Arlington, VA. Hotel accommodations are available at the beautiful Westin Arlington Gateway (703-717-6200) and at the nearby equally attractive Hilton Arlington on the Metro Line (703-528-6000). Be sure to ask for the special ALCon rate.

Download a PDF of the promo to share with fellow members and friends.

Go to  the ALCon2016 website

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Celestial Observations: Stargate Asterism


By Bill Pellerin, Houston Astronomical Society

The first time I ever heard of the Stargate asterism was when I picked up a copy of John Wagoner’s observing list at the Texas Star Party some years ago. The asterism was mentioned by the well-known observer Philip Harrington in a May, 1998 article in Sky and Telescope magazine, but John tells me that he’s the guy who created the identifier ‘Stargate’ for this collection of stars.




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June 2016 Digital Reflector Announcement has been sent


Announcement of the June 2016 digital edition of the Reflector has been emailed to all members.  If you did not receive the announcement it is probably because:

  • Your email service provider has marked email from the League as spam; to prevent this add to your email service contact list
  • We do not have an email address for you
  • The email address we have for you is not valid 

If you did not receive a notice and you are a member of an affiliated club or a member-at-large, honorary or lifetime member send me an email  to .

Let me know the name of your local club name (or MAL) and first and last name and a current email and I'll update your information.



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