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, January 16, 2014 at 7:00pm

Join us at QLF for our meeting next Friday.


Barn 23 @5:30.  If skies are clear, we can try to catch Mercury and Venus after sunset from the parking lot or airplane.

Meet and Greet (10 minutes)


  January 10: Mercury and Venus 1 degree apart in southwest after sunset

  January 21-22: Mercury, Venus, Crescent Moon, Mars, and Neptune gather in sw after sunset

  January 24: Governor Dodge Candlight ski and stargaze

  We are now a Facebook Group.  You are invited to join us.  Our website and google group emails will remain our main way to communicate club news and events.


January Theme: Looking Ahead/Looking Back

We'll be looking ahead to 2015 including two more lunar eclipses, moonfree Perseids and Geminids, Venus in the evening sky, New Horizons flying by Pluto, and Dawn orbiting Ceres.  Bring any ideas you have for events or meeting themes.

Donald S. will be helping us to share astronomy stories.  Bring a story of your most amazing night of stargazing or how you were seduced by the stars.


 After the meeting (around 8:30) at Bethel Horizons or QLF if skies are clear.

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

Meeting dates and times for 2015 (typically the last Friday before new moon) 




Jan 16

7:00 PM

2015 Planning/Stargazing Stories (Donald)

Feb 13

7:00 PM

"Romance of Science" Dr. Jordan Maclay

Mar 13

7:00 PM

Messier Marathon Planning?

Apr 17

7:00 PM

25 Years of Hubble?

May 15

7:30 PM


Jun 12

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Picnic?

Jul 10

7:30 PM

Pluto/New Horizons?

Aug 7 (date changed)

7:30 PM


Sep 11

7:00 PM


Oct 9

7:00 PM


Nov 6

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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