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.
Next Meeting Friday, October 5 at 7 pm Dodgeville Public Library
For greater outreach as we promote dark skies, we are moving this month’s meeting to downtown Dodgeville at 139 S. Iowa Street (by the Kwik Trip). Please invite your friends so we have a great turnout!
Meet and Greet
Hope you’ll chat with library visitors to let them know about ICA and stargazing and how much we love dark skies.
We’ll skip this month. If you have any items, you can email them to the group or share them in November.
· Club Calendar
Theme: In Search of the Darkest Skies w/John Rummel
The night sky is under attack. Are pristine
dark skies still available? Are there any within easy reach of southern
Wisconsin? Join us as John Rummel
focuses on issues related to locating the remaining dark sky enclaves
that can be found within the continental United States (including southwest
Wisconsin), and some of the logistical and
planning issues involved in getting to them.
If skies are clear, we’ll be sharing some sidewalk stargazing at the library. Bring along telescope, binos, and/or laser. Sunset 6:37. AstroTwilight 8:11.
2018 Meetings (typically the Friday before New Moon)
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