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 21, 2014 at 7:00pm

Meeting Location: Quality Liquid Feeds in Dodgeville

Agenda subject to change

Meet and Greet (10 minutes)


Theme: TBD

After the meeting around 9:00 with the Smitka Dob at Bethel Horizons

"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

Lunar Eclipses

Apr 25

7:00 PM

J. Anderson/Impact Cratering and Planetary Geology

May 23

7:30 PM

Favorite Accessories/4 Planets/DSOs/Camelopardalids

Jun 27

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Picnic/Planet Trek

Jul 25

7:30 PM

Wyoming Valley School Star Party

Aug 22

7:30 PM

P. Burgess/Meteorites

Sep 19

7:00 PM

Planning Your Observing Night (Jean)

Oct 17

7:00 PM

Naming ExoPlanets (Lynda)/Solar Eclipses (John H.)

Nov 21

7:00 PM

Daystargazing: Clouds, sun dogs, etc. (Jackie)

Dec --

Solstice Party.  Our 100th Monthly Meeting!

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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