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, October 7 at 7:00 pm QLF

Dinner: Culvers @5:30

 Meet and Greet (10 minutes)


         1 Oct: UITP at Governor Dodge 7-9pm

         3 Oct: Venus and Moon after sunset (moonset 8:18pm)

         8 Oct: Candlelight Hike at Governor Dodge 7-9pm

         10 Oct: Mercury and Jupiter before sunrise

         15 Oct: Walk When the Moon is Full at Kickapoo Valley Reserve

         27 Oct: Saturn, Venus, Antares align

         2 Nov: Venus, Saturn, Waxing Crescent Moon

         Smitka  Update (Donald and John)

         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.

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

 October Theme: Dark Constellations (Jackie)

November Theme: The Universe Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ed Churchwell)

Ed Churchwell, is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at UW-Madison.  This talk will discuss the observations and theories that allow astronomers to describe what the universe was like at several critical stages in its evolution and to go beyond today to a description of what it will be like in the distant future.


 After the meeting (around 8:30) at  Bethel Horizons if skies are clear.  Sunset 6:32.  AstroTwilight 8:07.  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.

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

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





Jan 8

7:00 PM

2016 Planning/Harry Potter Stars (Lynda)

Conn: John

Dinner: Barn 23

Feb 5

7:00 PM

Playing with Light (Clif)

Conn: John

Dinner: Aztlan

Mar 4

7:00 PM

To Catch a Shadow (Dave)

Conn: John

Dinner: Golden Crown

Apr 1

7:00 PM

Space and Planets in 3-D Night (Jere)

Conn: Lynda

Dinner: Pizza Hut

May 6

7:30 PM

Falling in Love with the Night Sky (Jean)

Conn: Lynda

Dinner: Culver’s

Jun 3

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Picnic

Conn: John and Dave

Dinner: Potluck

Jul 1

7:30 PM

Show and Tell

Conn: Dave

Dinner: Aztlan

Aug 5

7:30 PM

Stargazing in the Boundary Waters (Lynda)

Conn: John and Lynda

Dinner: Barn 23

Sep 2

7:00 PM

Celebrating 10 Years of ICA

Conn: John and Lynda

Dinner: Great Wall

Oct 7

7:00 PM

Dark Constellations (Jackie)

Conn: John


Nov 4

7:00 PM

The Universe Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (Ed Churchwell)

Conn: John and Lynda

Dinner: Bob’s Bitchin’ BBQ

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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