Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers

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Welcome to the Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers [NEWSTAR] website.

NEWSTAR is a member society of the  Astronomical League.  We are dedicated to promoting amateur astronomy.  Our informal meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM, classroom or the Barlow Planetarium - University of Wisconsin - Fox Valley(map) in Menasha, Wisconsin, check calendar for meeting room information.  All interested persons are encouraged to attend.  All meetings are open to the public.  We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.  Additional information about NEWSTAR can be found on the About page.

Benefits of membership in NEWSTAR

The benefits of membership are probably the strongest reason for joining. When you join NEWSTAR you are entitled to:

Membership in the Astronomical League.

Full Voting privileges

Free use of the club's telescopes including:
  • 10" (250 mm) computerized Dobsonian
  • 10" (250 mm) computerized "GOTO" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
  • 11" (280 mm) Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope mounted in a dome on a clock driven mount.
  • Coronado PST Solar Telescope

Attend club star parties at club observing sites.

4 quarterly issues of Astronomical League's newsletter The Reflector.

Reduced subscription rates to Sky & Telescope and Astronomy Magazine.

10%  discount on astronomy books through the Astronomical League Book Service.

Visit NEWSTAR on Facebook:

Visit NEWSTAR on Discord:




Online with Paypal

2024 NEWSTAR printable Membership/Renewal form now available(click here for form)


November 2023 Skymap now available:

YouTube: November What's up in the Night sky constellations:

YouTube: November other events in the night sky (NASA YouTube channel):


                                             NEW-Star Events

WOW 2024 is confirmed for June 6th through the 9th. Registration will begin in February 2024.


November 25th, 6:30-9:30pm Barlow Family Night(observing) more info:

December 13/14th, Geminid Meteor Shower peaks

December 20th, NEWSTAR meeting 7-9pm, Barlow Planetarium

March 23rd 2024, Sheboygan Swap 'n' Sell, 9am-1pm, Sheboygan airport


2024 Star Parties around the midwest/country.

February 5th-11th, Winter Star Party in the Florida Keys/West Summerland Key(more info)

April 5th-9th, Texas Star Party, Latham Spring Camp and Retreat Center, Aquilla Texas(more info)

June 6th-9th, Wisconsin Observers Weekend at Hartman Creek State Park, sponsored by NEWSTAR(more info)


Upcoming astronomy conventions:

May 17th-18th 2024, NPMAS in Green Bay hosting the NCRAL regional Astronomical League convention, details TBA

July 17th-20th 2024, Kansas City hosting the ALCON national Astronomical League convention, details TBA

June 25th-28th 2025, ALCON national Astronomical League convention being held at Ruby's Inn & Convention Center, Bryce Canyon National Park Utah, details TBA



Last Updated on Saturday, 18 November 2023 22:32

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Club Meetings

Wed Dec 20 @07:00pm - 09:00pm
NEWSTAR meeting-Barlow

Club Star Parties

No events

Calendar Events

Mon Dec 04
LQ Moon 11:49am
Tue Dec 12
New Moon 5:32pm
Wed Dec 13
Geminid Meteor shower peaks
Tue Dec 19
FQ Moon 12:39pm
Wed Dec 20 @07:00pm - 09:00pm
NEWSTAR meeting-Barlow
Tue Dec 26
Full "Cold" Moon 6:33pm