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, September 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm QLF

Great Wall @5:30

 Meet and Greet (10 minutes)


         Sept 5 and Oct 3: Governor Dodge UITP

         Sept 6: Man Who Painted the Universe.

         Sept 18:  Moon Over Monona

         Sept 27: Lunar Eclipse

         Oct 10: Governor Dodge Candlelight Hike and Stargazing Cox Hollow Dam 7-9 pm

         Nov theme?

         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.


 September Theme: 9 Years of ICA

 We’ll be celebrating our 9th anniversary and making a scale model of the Solar System.


 After the meeting (around 8:30) at Bethel Horizons if skies are clear.  Sunset 7:22.  AstroTwilight 9:01. 

 “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


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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