Iowa County Astronomers was formed in September, 2006. We are a group of like-minded astronomy enthusiasts that meet monthly to discuss current topics in space science and spend time observing together. All are welcome at our meetings, we have no dues and our only requirement is the ability to look up and say "Wow!" This website will keep you up to date on the latest astronomy happenings in Southwest Wisconsin and meeting times/places/agenda.

We have an email list that we use for announcements and discussion. If you would like to join, visit our Google Group page and click on the join button.

For more information, contact John Wunderlin.

- Club Calendar

Next Meeting Friday, July 1 at 7:30 pm QLF


Aztlan (across from the Iowa County Courthouse) at 6 pm.  RSVP by Friday morning so we can save you a seat.

Meet and Greet (10 minutes)


         4 July: Juno arrives at Jupiter
         8-9 July: Jupiter and Moon
         14-15 July: Mars, Saturn, and Moon
         16-17 July: Venus and Mercury (challenging)
         30 July: NWSA Public Program at Wildcat
         Smitka Repairs/Bethel Horizons Coordination/Letter of Understanding
         Universe in the Park at Governor Dodge on 7/2, 8/1, 9/3, 10/1.  See club calendar for details.
         You are invited to join our Facebook Group. Our website and google group emails will remain our main way to communicate club news and events.
         Other: Bring anything you’d like to share with the group: short announcement or news, book, accessory.

Theme: Show and Tell

This month's program will be "S&T".  That's not "Sky & Telescope" but "Show & Tell".  Please bring anything astronomy-related to share with the group, be it an item, a story to share, photos, etc.  Plan on talking for 5-10 minutes.


 After the meeting (around 9 p.m.), we'll be heading out to Bethel Horizons if skies are clear or mostly clear. Sunset 8:44.  AstroTwilight 11:02.

More Observing

I'd like to schedule two additional observing nights this Fourth of July weekend at our Twin Valley Picnic Area observing site at Governor Dodge State Park on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3, weather permitting.  Is anyone else interested?  I would contact the park office Saturday morning to let them know we would be out there both nights and that the public is invited, of course.  I'm sure there will be lot of overnight campers at Gov. Dodge that holiday weekend and that the Gov. Dodge staff would welcome two public stargazing activities.

 “There are no passengers on Spaceship ICAstro.  We are all crew."

 After the meeting (around 9:00) at  Bethel Horizons if skies are clear.  Sunset 8:07.  AstroTwilight 10:02.





Jan 8

7:00 PM

2016 Planning/Harry Potter Stars (Lynda)

Conn: John

Feb 5

7:00 PM

Playing with Light (Clif)

Conn: John

Mar 4

7:00 PM

To Catch a Shadow (Dave)

Conn: John

Apr 1

7:00 PM

Space and Planets in 3-D Night (Jere)

Conn: Lynda

May 6

7:30 PM

Falling in Love with the Night Sky (Jean)

Conn: Lynda

Jun 3

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Picnic

Conn: John and Dave

Jul 1

7:30 PM


Conn: John and Dave

Aug 5

7:30 PM

Stargazing in the Boundary Waters (Lynda)

Conn: John and Lynda

Sep 2

7:00 PM

Gaia Mission (Dave)

Conn: John and Lynda

Oct 7

7:00 PM


Nov 4

7:00 PM


Dec --

Solstice Party

Maps for observing locations:

Check the current agenda for our observing location. Links to maps for each site are below:

Quality Liquid Feeds - Bethel Horizons - Twin Valley - Cox Amphitheater

Need Help with your Telescope?

We often hear from people who own a telescope and don't know how to use it. If you'd like to learn how to use a telescope, bring your telescope to any of our meetings- we've got lots of experienced people who would be glad to help!

MMSD Planetarium Shows

The MMSD Planetarium offers public shows on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:30 and 7:45. Click Here for their website.

Quick links

Astronomy Picture of the Day- Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

The Sky This Week - Weekly astronomy column by David Oesper

UW-Space Place - Space Museum in Madison! Regular presentations and guests, but it's kind of hard to find!

Wisconsin Astronomy - website for planning the International Year of Astronomy for Wisconsin

Ed Ting's Guide to buying a telescope

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