Welcome!

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, March 3 at 7:00 pm QLF

Dinner:  Country Kitchen (1202 N. Johns Street) at 5:30

 Let me know by Friday morning if you are interested in stargrazing, and we’ll save you a seat.

 
Meet and Greet (10 minutes)

News/equipment/events

         Club Calendar

         Smitka  Update (Donald): mirror and letter of understanding

         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: Meteorites (Mark)

Observing.

 After the meeting (around 8:30) at  Bethel Horizons if skies are clear.  Sunset 5:43.  AstroTwilight 7:17.  Moonset 3:54pm.  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 (Chinese buffet, Culvers, Pizza the Hut, Dino’s).

         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.”

 

DATE

TIME

THEME

Jan 27

7:00 PM

2017 Planning

Conn:  John

Dinner:  China One

Feb 24

7:00 PM

Meteorites (Mark)

Conn:  John

Dinner:  Country Kitchen

Mar 24

7:00 PM

H-R Diagram (Clif)

Conn:

Dinner:

Apr 28

7:00 PM

Meteor Watching (Jean)

Conn:

Dinner:

May 26

7:30 PM

Gaia (Dave)

Conn:

Dinner:

Jun 23

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Solstice Picnic Potluck

Conn:

Dinner:

Jul 21

7:30 PM

Great American Solar Eclipse (John)

Conn:

Dinner:

Aug 25

7:30 PM

Eclipse Stories (all)

Conn:

Dinner:

Sep 22

7:00 PM

Our Star (Steve)

Conn:

Dinner:

Oct 20

7:00 PM

 

Conn:

Dinner:

Nov 17

7:00 PM

2017 Astronomy Highlights (Donald)

Conn:

Dinner:

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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