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, February 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm QLF

Hope you can join us for February’s meeting.  We’ll be playing with light with UWR Professor of Astronomy Clif Cavanaugh and taking a special pop quiz!

If I see a warning or advisory that roads will be snowy or icy, I will send out an email Thursday evening postponing our meeting.


Aztlan at 5:30 (across from the Iowa County Courthouse.  RSVP by Friday morning so we can save you a seat.

Meet and Greet (10 minutes)


         Jan 31-Feb 1: Moon and Mars

         Feb 3-4: Moon and Saturn

         Feb 5-6: Moon, Venus, and Mercury (five worlds at once)

         Feb 19: Full Moon Hike at Kickapoo Reserve

         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.


         Surprise Quiz

 Theme: Playing with Light (Clif)


 After the meeting (around 8:30) at Bethel Horizons if skies are clear.  Sunset 5:17.  AstroTwilight 6:54.  ISS 6:44.

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

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




Jan 8

7:00 PM

2016 Planning/Harry Potter Stars (Lynda)

Feb 5

7:00 PM

Playing with Light (Clif)

Mar 4

7:00 PM

To Catch a Shadow (Dave)

Apr 1

7:00 PM

3D Night (Jere)

May 6

7:30 PM


Jun 3

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Picnic

Jul 1

7:30 PM


Aug 5

7:30 PM


Sep 2

7:00 PM


Oct 7

7:00 PM


Nov 4

7:00 PM


Dec --

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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