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, June 12, 2015 at 7:30pm Governor Dodge


We are going back to our roots at our Twin Valley Site.  We're hoping that many of our online members (99 in our Google Group and 55 in our Facebook Group) will join us.  After sunset, we'll be offering a star party for park visitors and friends.  You'll need a park sticker or a ride from someone with one.  If our plans change because of weather, I'll let you know with next Thursday's reminder.




Our traditional potluck picnic.  The shelter is reserved.  Bring a dish to pass.  There are grills if anyone wants to bring charcoal.  Electricity, water, and restrooms also available.




Bring your telescopes, binoculars, lasers.  Sunset is 8:44.  We'll be sharing views of the planets, constellations, etc. with park visitors.






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.)

Aug 7

7:30 PM


Sep 11

7:00 PM

Double Stars (Lewis)

Oct 9

7:00 PM


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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