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, May 6 at 7:30 pm QLF

NB: We are meeting half an hour later now that the days are longer.


Culvers at 6:00.  FOTD: Chocolate Oreo Volcano.

Meet and Greet (10 minutes)


         May 5: Eta Aquarids peak (no moonlight!)

         May 9: Transit of Mercury.  6:10am-2:10pm.  Public Program at Governor Dodge Twin Valley Picnic Site.  Sunrise is 5:44 am.  Bring solar glasses!

         May 14: Jupiter and Moon

         May 21-22: Mars, Saturn, and Moon

         May 22: Mars Opposition

         May 30: Mars and Earth are closest

         June 1: Dr. Becky Williams Curiosity Talk in Waunakee

         June 3: Saturn Opposition

         June 3: ICA Picnic/Potluck at Governor Dodge (7pm-).  Twin Valley Picnic Shelter is reserved for us.  Bring a dish to pass.  Grill and electricity are available.  Followed by stargazing.  Public is invited.

         Smitka Repairs/Bethel Horizons Coordination

         Universe in the Park at Governor Dodge on 5/28, 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: Falling in Love with the Night Sky (Jean)


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

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

 Meeting dates and times for 2016 (typically the last Friday before new moon)





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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