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 Heasley.
Solstice Party Friday, December 7 at 6:00 pm
It’s time for our traditional holiday potluck where we gather together and celebrate the season and 12+ years of ICA. We hope all members (regular/irregular/virtual) can join us. Feel free to bring a guest. Steve is hosting us at QLF at our original meeting place. Bring yummy snacks and beverages. We'll have tableware and games galore. We'll send out an email Friday morning if we need to postpone because of weather. If skies are clear, we could head out after the party to spot Comet Wirtanen!
2019 Meetings (typically the Friday before New Moon)
Check the current agenda for our observing location. Links to maps for each site are below. Park sticker required for the three sites at Governor Dodge.
Horizons - Twin
Valley - Meadow Valley Trailhead - Cox
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!
Clear Outside - Forecast of sky conditions
Heavens-Above - Predictions for the ISS and other satellites
SpaceWeatherLive- Forecast for northern lights. We need a KP above 5 to see aurora.
AstroGadgets - John Wunderlin's very useful desktop program
The Sky This Week - Weekly astronomy column by David OesperDriftless Stargazing - John Heasley's FB page for awesome sky events in our area
UW-Space Place - Space Museum in Madison. Regular presentations and guests.
Universe in the Park - UW Astronomy programs and stargazing in WI State ParksAstronomy 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.
Ed Ting's Guide to buying a telescope