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, March 16 at 7:00 pm QLF


QLF Agronomy Research Center is at 3625 State Hwy 23 North (just north and across the hwy from our old location). Park in front of building not in lot north of building.


Dinner:  Pizza Hut


Meet and Greet (10 minutes)

News/equipment/events (15-20 minutes)

Theme (30-45 minutes) Stars: Life and Death


 After the meeting (around 8:30) at Bethel Horizons if skies are clear and conditions allow.  Sunset 5:32.  AstroTwilight 7:07.  Gentle Reminder: We are sharing a telescope with BH and are guests in their space.  Please speak softly so that others may enjoy their time there as well.  Park in the lot rather than along the road.   Or we might just stargaze a bit from the QLF parking lot depending on conditions.

 2018 Meetings (typically the Friday before New Moon)

         Our club was founded in 2006 as an “unclub”: no dues, no bylaws, no officers.  Somehow it all works.

         We like to have a theme for each meeting with club members sharing informal presentations.  Please stay with the theme for this part of the meeting.  We cover other astronomical topics during the first part of the meeting.  Is there a presentation you would like to share?  Is there someone you would like to encourage?

         Agenda will be emailed a week before the meeting and a reminder the day before.  Website and FB will be updated the best we can.

         If the meeting needs to be postponed because of weather, you’ll get an email by Friday morning.

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

         We like to gather for dinner before the meeting generally at restaurants where people can arrive and leave at various times (China One, Culvers, Pizza the Hut, Dino’s, Red Room, Aztlan).  It’s better for the group if you RSVP.

         We try to keep our members happy and healthy.  If you have a cold or flu, please join us when you feel better.  Please avoid strong scents and perfumes.  Kindly move downwind when applying insect repellents.

         It’s our tradition at meetings to keep business to a minimum, to enjoy the company of one another rather than technology, to share space, to welcome new members, and to take the lead when we propose a new idea.

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

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




Jan 12

7:00 PM

2018 Planning/Milky Way Models

Conn:  John

Dinner: Subway

Feb 16         

7:00 PM

State of Our Milky Way (Prof. Bob Benjamin)

Conn:  John

Dinner: Bob’s Bitchin BBQ

Mar 16

7:00 PM

Stars: Life and Death (Clif)

Conn: John

Dinner: Pizza Hut

Apr 13

7:00 PM

Dodgeville Public Library

Mars Curiosity Rover (Dr. Rebecca Williams)

Conn: Lynda

Dinner: Aztlan

May 11

7:30 PM

Dark Skies (Dave)



Jun 8

6:00 PM

Twin Valley Picnic Area

Gov. Dodge Solstice Picnic Potluck


Dinner:  Yummy stuff from members

Jul 6

7:30 PM




Aug 10

7:30 PM

Favorite Astronomers (Lynda)

Conn:  Lynda


Sep 7

7:00 PM

Photographing Star Trails and Milky Way (Pat)



Oct 5

7:00 PM

TBD (Jean)



Nov 9

7:00 PM

Carl Sagan Day!  Voyager’s Golden Record (Lynda)

Conn: Lynda




Solstice Party




Attachments area

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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