ALCON Observing Program

Bryce Canyon Sky Quest

(ALCON Observing Program)

Bryce Canyon National Park

Astronomical League Convention 2011

Telescopic Sky Quest

50 Listed Deep Sky Objects

Best Viewed in Dark, Transparent Skies

compiled by

Dave Bernson

and edited by

Robyn J. Anderson

SaltLakeAstronomical Society (SLAS)


Astronomy Magazine is a sponsor of the ALCON Observing Award and magazine editor Dave Eicher will present the award certificates at the Awards Banquet Saturday night.

Suggested Awards of Recognition:


20 Objects Viewed:                     BRONZE Certificate

30 Objects Viewed:                    SILVER Certificate

42 Objects Viewed:                     GOLD Certificate          (42 is the answer)



Easy requirements for location:


  • Starhopping, Setting Circles, Go-To, all OK
  • Friends and acquaintances may cooperate
  • Viewing the objects and observing detail is paramount
  • Simple documentation accepted (What did you see?)
  • Observers should be trusted!

The Object List

Download the object list in PDF format or in SpreadSheet format

Referenced Objects

 The Stars: A new Way to See Them by H.A. Rey:  Sky Charts 6, 7 and 8

Sky Atlas 2000by Wil Tirion:  Charts 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 and 22

**All Objects will be visible between Darkfall and 1:00 am