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)


More motel rooms for the ALCon

For those looking for motel rooms at the ALCon in Bryce Canyon this summer, the Bryce Canyon Resort is blocking off 30 rooms at $80/night (same as the Ruby's Inn conference rate) from June 28th to July 2nd. The Bryce Canyon Resort is located a couple miles north of Ruby's Inn.

Call 1-435-834-5373 and be sure to say  that "I am booking a room from the ALCon block". The rooms will be held until May 31st and then released to the general public. The Bryce Canyon Resort website is . You need to call the number above to get the conference rate, however.

These rooms will probably book quickly as well so don't delay!

Astronomy Workshops for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at Bryce Canyon

Both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have a unique opportunity to work on their astronomy requirements under the stars at Bryce Canyon National Park this summer.  There will be daily workshops at the Bryce Canyon Lodge auditorium inside Bryce Canyon National Park Wednesday, June 29th through Saturday July 2nd from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.  The same workshop will be offered all four days for the convenience of those visiting the National Park.  This is a FREE public outreach opportunity made available during ALCON 2011 by the Astronomical League and Bryce Canyon National Park.  For more specific information, please contact one of the Scouting Outreach Coordinators from the Salt Lake Astronomical Society, German Platero or Mike Wilson.

Boy Scouts of America Astronomy Merit Badge
Girl Scouts of America Sky Search Program

Welcome to the Official 2011 ALCon Web site!

The Astronomical League is pleased to announce that ALCon 2011 will be held during the dark of the moon from June 29 through July 2, 2011 at Ruby’s Inn which is near the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. Along with the talks and workshops given during the day, nightly dark sky observing will be offered at Rainbow Point.

Bryce Canyon National Park features some of the darkest skies in the United States. Naturally, the League will hold a nightly public star gaze at the Bryce Canyon Visitor’s Center for both park visitors and ALCon attendees. This year, we will be under the stars for our conference!

The League is trying something new for 2011: the League and the host club, the Salt Lake Astronomical Society (SLAS), will share equally in the planning and in the hosting of the conference. You may remember the ALCon that the SLAS hosted in 2002. They did an outstanding job and the League looks forward to working with them again for the 2011 event.

All of the activities, except for observing, will be held at Ruby’s Inn. They are giving a fantastic room rate of $80 per night, including taxes. Those rates have also been extended both before and after ALCon so that they apply from June 25 through July 9. However, there will be a limited number of rooms available on these extended dates, so please be sure to reserve them early. Booking for the ALCon room rates ends on June 4, or when the block is full. So that you don’t miss out, you may use the link on this page to reserve your room now!

Throughout ALCon, astronomy vendors from across the USA will display their latest products. In addition, a silent auction and a raffle will be held.

On Saturday, the Astronomical League will hold its annual gala banquet. Awards will be presented honoring both young astronomers and young-at-heart astronomers.

The co-Chairs of ALCon 2011 are Terry Mann, past President of the Astronomical League, and Lowell Lyon of the Salt Lake Astronomical Society. Please start making plans to attend now. We hope to see you there!

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