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, August 5 at 7:30 pm QLF

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


  Barn 23 at 6 pm

 Phone:  608-319-2322

Email: b23barandrestaurant@gmail.com
Barn 23 Bar & Restaurant
3656 State Road 23
Dodgeville, WI  53533

Meet and Greet (10 minutes)


         5 Aug: Jupiter and Moon

         11-12 Aug: Perseids

         11-12 Aug: Moon, Mars, and Saturn

         13-19 Aug: Five planets visible in evening!?

         25 Aug: Conjunction of Mars and Saturn

         27 Aug: Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

         Smitka Repairs/Bethel Horizons Coordination/Letter of Understanding/Observing Nights

         Universe in the Park at Governor Dodge on 8/13, 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.



 Stargazing in Northern Minnesota 



After the meeting (around 9:00) at  Bethel Horizons if skies are clear.  Sunset 8:18.  AstroTwilight 10:14.


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


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





Jan 8

7:00 PM

2016 Planning/Harry Potter Stars (Lynda)

Conn: John

Dinner: Barn 23

Feb 5

7:00 PM

Playing with Light (Clif)

Conn: John

Dinner: Aztlan

Mar 4

7:00 PM

To Catch a Shadow (Dave)

Conn: John

Dinner: Golden Crown

Apr 1

7:00 PM

Space and Planets in 3-D Night (Jere)

Conn: Lynda

Dinner: Pizza Hut

May 6

7:30 PM

Falling in Love with the Night Sky (Jean)

Conn: Lynda

Dinner: Culver’s

Jun 3

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Picnic

Conn: John and Dave

Dinner: Potluck

Jul 1

7:30 PM

Show and Tell

Conn: John and Dave

Dinner: Aztlan

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

The Universe Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ed Churchwell)

Conn: John and Lynda

Dinner: Bob’s Bitchin’ BBQ

Nov 4

7:00 PM


Conn: John and Lynda


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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