ICAstro was formed in September 2006. We are a group of astronomy enthusiasts who meet monthly to discuss current topics in space science and spend time observing together. All are welcome at our meetings and to join the crew. We have no dues/officers/bylaws 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.Club Calendar
For more information, contact John Heasley.
Next Meeting Friday, January 4 at 7 pm QLF Agronomy Research Center
QLFARC is at 3625 State Hwy 23 North (formerly Thym’s just north and across the hwy from our old location at the main QLF bldg and just south and across the hwy from the Don Q airplane).
Dinner: Red Room 108 Merrimac Street Dodgeville behind The Dodge Theater (fish fry, burgers, pizza) at 5:30. RSVP by Friday morning if you would like to dine with the club.
Meet and Greet (10 minutes)
We like to set aside time for people to socialize and to catch up with one another before we get down to astronomy.
News/equipment/events (15-20 minutes)
This is a time to share general astronomy items before we focus on our theme for the month.
Club Calendar: Check out the 2019 meeting dates!
20 Jan: Lunar Eclipse
Theme: (30-45 minutes)
“2019 Planning” (John): review of schedule, customs, and specialties
“Talking About Dark Skies” (Lynda)
After the meeting (around 8:30pm) at Bethel Horizons if skies are clear and conditions allow. Sunset 4:38. AstroTwilight 6:20.
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.
2019 Meetings (typically the Friday before New Moon)
Talking about Dark Skies (Lynda S.)/2018 Planning (John H.)
Dinner: Red Room
The Burnham Telescope (Dr. Jim Lattis)
Giant Steps (John H.)
(Dr. Katie Rabidoux)
Women Who Stargaze (John H.)
Twin Valley Picnic Area
Gov. Dodge Solstice Picnic Potluck
Dinner: Yummy stuff from members
AstroQuilts (Deb Cavanaugh)
(Dr. Bob Mathieu)
Memories of the Space Age (Linda S.)
Conn: John H. and Lynda S.
Google Group: John H., Jean N., and John W.
Google Calendar: John H. and John W.
icastro.org: John H. and John W.
FB Group: Jackie P. and John H.
Aurora Alert: John W., Jean N., Sharon S., and John H.
Smitka Dob: Donald S. and Lynda S.
Library Telescopes: John W. and Donald S. (Mineral Point). John H. and Jackie P. (Spring Green).
Astronomical League: John H.
Night Sky Network: John H. and John W.
Astronomy Magazine: John H.
QLF: Steve F.
Governor Dodge/Dark Skies: Dave O., Lynda S., and John H.
New members: Sharon S.
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