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, November 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm QLF


 Pizza (the) Hut @5:30 ($9.99 buffet)

 Meet and Greet (10 minutes)


         Nov 2- 3: Venus and Mars

         Nov 6: Moon and Jupiter

         Nov 7: Moon, Venus, and Mars

         Nov 14: Kickapoo Reserve Autumn Stargaze

         Nov 17-18: Leonid Meteors

         Nov 26: Moon occults Aldebaran

         Dec 4: Moon and Jupiter

         Dec 6: Moon and Mars

         Dec 7: Moon and Venus

         Comet Catalina?

         Dec 14: Geminid Meteors

         Date for Solstice Party.  QLF available Dec 18 or 19.

         2016 meeting dates are now on our calendar (Fridays near the New Moon).  Think about sharing a presentation

         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.


 November Theme: Astronomy in Texas: A Midwesterner’s Perspective

For the past five and a half years, Dave Oesper lived in an astronomical paradise (West Texas) and inside the inner loop of the fifth most populated metropolitan area in the United States (Houston, population 6.5 million).  What’s it like living in Texas and doing astronomy in such disparate environments?  >From the magical to the mundane, join Dave for an illustrated tour that will take you from desert skies and the McDonald Observatory to the Bayou City, NASA’s Mission Control, and the Lunar and Planetary Institute.


 After the meeting (around 8:30) at Bethel Horizons if skies are clear.  Sunset 4:48.  AstroTwilight 6:26. 

 “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)/Comet Lovejoy

Feb 13

7:00 PM

"Romance of Science" Dr. Jordan Maclay

Mar 13

7:00 PM

Filters (Jere)

Apr 17

7:00 PM

25 Years of Hubble

May 15

7:30 PM

Science Fiction

Jun 12

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Picnic

Jul 10

7:30 PM

Pluto/New Horizons (John H.)/”Spock’s Ear”

Aug 7

7:30 PM

Astroscanning w/Norm Sperling

Sep 11

7:00 PM

ICA’s Ninth

Oct 9

7:00 PM

Double Stars (Lewis)

Nov 6

7:00 PM

Astronomy in Texas(Dave O.)

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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