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 Heasley.

Solstice Party Friday, December 7 at 6:00 pm

It’s time for our traditional holiday potluck where we gather together and celebrate the season and 12+ years of ICA.  We hope all members (regular/irregular/virtual) can join us.  Feel free to bring a guest.  Steve is hosting us at QLF at our original meeting place.  Bring yummy snacks and beverages.  We'll have tableware and games galore.  We'll send out an email Friday morning if we need to postpone because of weather.  If skies are clear, we could head out after the party to spot Comet Wirtanen!

2019 Meetings (typically the Friday before New Moon)

DATE

TIME

THEME

Jan 4

7:00 PM

2019 Planning
Conn:  John
Dinner:

Feb 1         

7:00 PM


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Mar 1

7:00 PM


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Apr  5

7:00 PM


Conn:
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May  3

7:30 PM


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Dinner:

Jun 14

6:00 PM
Twin Valley Picnic Area

Gov. Dodge Solstice Picnic Potluck
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Dinner: 

Jul 26

7:30 PM


Conn: 
Dinner:  

Aug  30

7:30 PM


Conn:
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Sep 27

7:00 PM


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Oct 25

7:00 PM


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Nov  22

7:00 PM


Conn:
Dinner:

Dec

TBD

Solstice Party

 

 


Attachments area

Maps for observing locations:

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.

Bethel Horizons - Twin Valley - Meadow Valley TrailheadCox 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! 

Quick links

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 Oesper

Driftless Stargazing - John Heasley's FB page for awesome sky events in our area

The International Dark-Sky Association works to protect the night skies for present and future generations

Light Pollution Map - See how dark your skies are

UW-Space Place - Space Museum in Madison. Regular presentations and guests.

Universe in the Park - UW Astronomy programs and stargazing in WI State Parks

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.

Ed Ting's Guide to buying a telescope


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