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, May 15, 2015 at 7:30pm Bethel Horizons

We have a new time and place for our May gathering. Rather than meeting at QLF, we'll have our meeting at Bethel Horizons under the spring skies.

Dinner

Pleasant Ridge Store@6:00. Just down the road at Z and ZZ. They don't take reservations, but let me know if you are coming. I'll get there early and grab a table for us.

News/equipment/events

May Theme: Smitka Scope

Our meeting will be in three acts:

Act 1 (sunset): We will have an overview/refresher on the Smitka Scope so that more of us are comfortable using it. This is the quick start guide John W. prepared if you want to review. I'll bring copies. Jean and Lewis will work on attaching a finderscope. Sunset at 8:20.

Act 2 (twilight): We'll be sampling the planets as they align favorably for us. Mercury (16%) sets at 10:01. Venus (61%) sets at 11:47. Jupiter sets at 2:16. Saturn rises at 9:15.

Act 3 (night): We'll go deep with the Smitka Scope. Bring along one deep sky object that you really want to see and maybe say a few things about it. Astronomical twilight is 10:22.

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

Meeting dates and times for 2015 (typically the last Friday before new moon)


DATE

TIME

THEME

Jan 16

7:00 PM

2015 Planning/Stargazing Stories (Donald)/Comet Lovejoy

Feb 13

7:00 PM

"Romance of Science" Dr. Jordan Maclay

Mar 13

7:00 PM

Filters (Jere)

Apr 17

7:00 PM

25 Years of Hubble

May 15

7:30 PM

Smitka Scope at Bethel Horizons

Jun 12

7:30 PM

Gov. Dodge Picnic

Jul 10

7:30 PM

Pluto/New Horizons (John H.)

Aug 7

7:30 PM

TBD

Sep 11

7:00 PM

Double Stars (Lewis)

Oct 9

7:00 PM

TBD

Nov 6

7:00 PM

TBD

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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