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 17 at 7:00 pm QLF


QLF Agronomy Research Center is at 3625 State Hwy 23 North (just north and across the hwy from our old location). Park in front of building not in lot north of building.


Dinner:  Aztlan Mexican Grill 233 N Iowa St, Dodgeville at 5:30


RSVP by Friday morning if you are joining us.  I’ll reserve a table.  It will help me to keep track better if you reply to this email rather than starting a new one.  To reduce confusion, please don’t reply all.


Meet and Greet (10 minutes)

News/equipment/events (15-20 minutes)

         Club Calendar . Please review 2018 meeting dates.

         Solstice Party at QLF Rec Room Dec 15 @6pm.  Bring a dish to pass.

         Naming MU69 (Lynda)

         You are invited to join our Facebook Group. Our google group emails will remain our main way to communicate club news and events.

         Other: Bring anything you’d like to share with the group: short announcement or news, book, accessory.

Theme (30-45 minutes) 2017 Observing Highlights


In his infinite wisdom, John H. has appointed cajoledhoodwinked me as conn.  The theme of the meeting will be to get everyone actively involved through storytelling.  Doubtless everyone has had astro highlights from the past year beyond eclipse megalomania, and it would fun to hear about them.  If everybody will share just a couple of brief stories it should make for a delightful evening.  The stories do not need to be universe shattering, merely interesting to the person sharing them.  I of course have many stories to tell, but promise to whittle them down to just a few of my brief favorites.  Even just a short 5 minute talk per person will fit the bill and fill up the hour.  We did something similar a few years back sharing our BEST astro stories ever, and it was really fun, so this is a related yet toned down version on that theme.  So please take some time to think through some of your memorable astro-experiences (non-eclipse related) and pick a couple to share.  Sometimes stories and experiences that seem rather mundane to you will be inspiring and useful to the others of us.  This could include things you do or use to heighten the astronomy milieu (for example, I keep a detailed Astronomy Journal documenting every telescope or related astro-session…I will bring it to share).   Thanks, Donald 


After the meeting (around 8:30) at  Bethel Horizons if skies are clear.  Sunset 4:36.  AstroTwilight 6:15.  Maybe we’ll catch a few Leonids!  Gentle Reminder: We are sharing a telescope with BH and are guests in their space.  Please speak softly so that others may enjoy their time there as well.  Park in the lot rather than along the road.   Or we might just stargaze a bit from the QLF parking lot depending on conditions.

 2017 Meetings (typically the Friday before new moon)


         We like to have a theme for each meeting with club members sharing informal presentations.  Is there a presentation you would like to share?  Is there someone you would like to encourage?

         Agenda will be emailed a week before the meeting and a reminder the day before.  Website and FB will be updated the best we can.

         If the meeting needs to be postponed because of weather, you’ll get an email by Friday morning.

         We like to gather for dinner before the meeting generally at restaurants where people can arrive and leave at various times (China One, Culvers, Pizza the Hut, Dino’s, Red Room, Aztlan).

         We try to keep our members happy and healthy.  If you have a cold or flu, please join us when you feel better.  Please avoid strong scents and perfumes.  Kindly move downwind when applying insect repellents.

         It’s our tradition at meetings to keep business to a minimum, to enjoy the company of one another rather than technology, to welcome new members, and to take the lead when we propose a new idea.

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





Jan 27

7:00 PM

2017 Planning

Conn:  John

Dinner:  China One

Feb 24

Postponed to Mar 1

7:00 PM

Meteorites (Mark)

Conn:  John

Dinner:  Country Kitchen

Mar 24

7:00 PM

H-R Diagram (Clif)

Conn:  Lynda

Dinner: Pizza Hut

Apr 28

7:00 PM

Meteor Watching (Jean)

Conn: John

Dinner: Dino’s

May 26

7:30 PM

Gaia (Dave)

Conn:  John

Dinner: Aztlan

Jun 23

6:00 PM

Gov. Dodge Solstice Picnic Potluck

Conn: John

Dinner:  Yummy stuff from members

Jul 21

7:30 PM

Great American Solar Eclipse (John)

Conn:  John

Dinner:  China One

Aug 25

7:30 PM

Eclipse Stories (all) at Governor Dodge Twin Valley

Conn:  John

Dinner:  Pleasant Ridge

Sep 22

7:00 PM

Eclipse Pictures (all)

Conn: John

Dinner: Dino’s

Oct 20

7:00 PM

Lunar Observing (Lynda)

Conn:  John

Dinner: Red Room

Nov 17

7:00 PM

2017 Astronomy Highlights (Donald)



Dec 15

6:00 PM

Solstice Party QLF Fun Room

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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