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, April 25, 2014 7:00pm at Quality Liquid Feeds in Dodgeville

Dino's @5:45.

Meet and Greet (10 minutes)

April Theme: Guest Presentation by Dr. Jennifer Anderson

Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Geoscience at Winona State University.  She is a planetary geologist who specializes in experimental impact cratering and comes from a broad scientific background including geophysics, astrophysics, and physics.  She teaches Astronomy, Earth & Space Systems, Planetary Geology, Geophysics, and other courses.  She is also very passionate about science education, advises the Earth Science teaching majors at WSU, and teaches in the two-semester, interdisciplinary, "Investigative Science" content course sequence for elementary education majors.

May Theme: Favorite Accessories and Camelopardalids

Show and tell on May 23.  Bring along one thing that makes stargazing easier and happier for you.  There may a meteor shower starting after midnight, so bring along your comfy chair, blanket, warm beverage, and snacks.

Observing .
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn!  After the meeting (around 8:30) at Bethel Horizons if skies are clear.
"There are no passengers on Spaceship ICAstro.  We are all crew."

Meeting dates and times for 2014 (typically the last Friday before new moon) 




Jan 31

7:00 PM

2014 Planning

Feb 28

7:00 PM


Mar 28

7:00 PM


Apr 25

7:00 PM

J. Anderson/Impact Cratering or Planetary Geology

May 23

7:30 PM

Favorite Accessories

Jun 27

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Picnic/Planet Trek

Jul 25

7:30 PM


Aug 22

7:30 PM

P. Burgess/Meteorites

Sep 19

7:00 PM


Oct 17

7:00 PM


Nov 21

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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