Welcome to ALCON 2022

July 28th - 30th

Message from the TAAS President

Welcome to the ALCON 2022 website. I am pleased that you are considering joining us for what we think will be a great conference. We have some superb speakers lined up to tell you about astronomy and many related topics. You can meet and listen to Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt, enjoy the dark skies that New Mexico provides, and visit the famous Karl Jansky Very Large Array. ALCON 2022 has much to offer you. Come join us!

Jim Fordice
TAAS President


PS:  The ALCON 2022 Program is now available

Attendees will receive a printed program upon arrival at the Registration Desk, but if you’d like to preview the program it is downloadable as a .pdf file at this link: 
ALCON 2022 Program (.pdf)

Host Club -- The Albuquerque Astronomical Society (TAAS)

With over 300 members, TAAS is one of the largest and most active astronomy clubs anywhere.  We truly embrace our motto “Observe – Educate – Have Fun” with our private observatory, frequent educational outreach events, and the camaraderie of amateur astronomers from all walks of life.  To find out more about TAAS, come to one of our many events or Society meetings.  Click on the TAAS logo on the left side of this page to learn more about TAAS.

Latest Announcements

Registration Desk

The Registration Desk will open at about 3 PM on Wednesday, 27 July and will be open every day during the conference. All attendees should stop at the Registration Desk to obtain your badge and attendee bag.

ALCON 2022 Program Available

The conference program is now downloadable in “.pdf” format here.
Attendees will receive a printed copy upon arrival at the Registration Desk.

ALCON 2022 Store is Closed

Registration for the conference will now be made only on site at the conference by Credit Card for speaker sessions and workshops only.

Reservations for tours, banquets, and other events are closed.

COVID-19 Notices

  1. For those touring the Very Large Array:  The VLA Visitor Center requires that all visitors be vaccinated for COVID-19. Each visitor must complete an on-line form concerning their COVID-19 vaccination status no later than 24 July 2022. The form is at https://submit.jotform.com/220895559509167. (Tour requires advance fee and registration from the ALCON store on this website).
  2. Depending on the status of COVID infection rates in July, the League may require the wearing of masks in convention meeting spaces for the protection of its participants.

About the Conference

The Astronomical League (AL) holds an annual national convention that provides an opportunity for amateur astronomers all over the country to gather together to learn and exchange ideas, techniques, and opinions on astronomy. The conventions provide professional astronomers an opportunity to address to attendees about their field of expertise. This allows amateurs to learn about the latest discoveries in astronomy directly from the astronomers making the discoveries. This year’s Astronomical League Convention (ALCON) will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from the 27th through the 30th of July 2022.

The ALCON starts on a Wednesday with an AL Council Meeting. The main conference is held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and features speakers and workshops. The conference ends with an awards banquet on Saturday. The speaking events are for those interested in astronomy from the beginner to the advanced amateur. Check the schedule for a list of speakers and their topics.

The 2022 ALCON will feature two special events, an evening presentation on 29 July by Apollo 17 Astronaut Harrison Schmitt and a tour of the Karl Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) on 31 July. Evening field trips to observing sites will be available on 27, 28, and 29 July. Day field trips will be available to the UNM Institute of Meteoritics and the Rio Rancho Rainbow Park.

Venue for ALCON 2022

Embassy Suites Hotel
1000 Woodward Place NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

• All rooms are two-room suites
ALCON Group Rate: $129/night SOLD OUT
  (Choose 1 King Bed or 2 Double Beds)
• Complimentary Wi-Fi
• Complimentary cook to order breakfast
• Complimentary evening reception

Photographs will be taken during ALCON 2022

By attending ALCON 2022 you grant the Astronomical League full rights to use the images resulting from the photography, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the Astronomical League’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, and press releases.
If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform an Astronomical League representative.

Hosted by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society