Member Societies

The NCRAL is defined by seven states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. Astronomical societies that are NCRAL members are listed below. Please note that contact information subject to change as information is forwarded to the webmaster from our member clubs.

This list was last updated on September 2, 2018.

North Dakota

Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club
MSU Planetarium; Moorhead State University; Moorhead, MN 56563
Contact: James Timian; P.O. Box 1145; Fargo, ND 58107-1145
Telephone: 701-234-9112

South Dakota

No NCRAL member societies at this time.


East-Central Minnesota Astronomy Club
Home Page:
Contact: Susan Williams, ALCOR; Mora, MN 55051

Fargo-Moorhead Astronomy Club
MSUM Planetarium;Minnesota State University Moorhead
Moorhead, MN 56563. Contact: Paul Seifert, President; Physics Dept., Concordia College, 901 8th St. S, Moorhead, MN 56562;
Telephone: 218-299-4612; E-mail: seifert at cord dot edu

Minnesota Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 583011; Minneapolis, MN 55458-3011
Home Page:
Contact: Michael Kibat, Alcor; 4717 Nord Circle South; Bloomington, MN 55437-3015
Telephone: 952-884-0039
E-mail: kibatme at visi dot com

Rochester Astronomy Club
Home Page:
Contact: Dean Johnson, ALCOR; Spring Grove, MN 55794

Steele County Astronomical Society
Home Page:
Contact: Neil Tryhus; 809 Robinswood Pl. NE; Owatonna, MN 55060
Telephone: 507-451-2239
E-mail: ntryhus at charter dot net


Ames Area Amateur Astronomers
Home Page:
Contact: Joe Kollasch, Alcor; 2817 Oakland Street; Ames, IA 50014-4016
Phone: 515-292-1363
E-mail: kollasch at mcleodusa dot net

Black Hawk Astronomy Club (info forthcoming)
Contact: David Voighs, ALCOR; Jesup, IA 50648

Cedar Amateur Astronomers, Inc.
Home Page:
Contact: Wendell Clifton; 3095 Primrose St., Marion, IA  52302
Telephone: 319-377-4129

Des Moines Astronomical Society
P.O. Box 111; Des Moines, IA 50301-0111
Home Page:
Contact: Jan Winter; 06 NE 12th Street Place; Ankeny, IA 50021-1682
Telephone: 515-964-5218
Additional Contact: Vernon Naffier; 916 SE Third St; Ankeny, IA 50021
Telephone: 515 964 1353

Popular Astronomy Club
Home Page:
Contact: Roy Gustafson
Additional contact:
Alan Sheidler, President
Telephone: 309-797-3120

Southeastern Iowa Astronomy Club
E-mail: mail at seiac dot com
Contact: Vickie Philabaum ALCOR; P.O. Box 74; Burlington, IA 52601-0074
Telephone: 319-753-1082
E-mail: dbphilabaum at mchsi dot com

Michigan Upper-Penninsula

Marquette Astronomical Society
Shiras Planetarium; 1201 W. Fair Avenue; Marquette, MI 49855
Home Page:
Contact: Stephen H. Peters, ALCOR; 908 W. Magnetic St.; Marquette, MI 49855
Telephone: 906-228-6636
E-mail: speters at nmu dot edu


Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society
S1 County Road K; Fall Creek, WI 54742
E-mail: elliott at uwec dot edu
Home Page:
Contact: Ray Forsgren; 2001 N. 110th Avenure; Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
Telephone: 715-839-0995
E-mail: starman at discover-net dot net

Door Peninsula Astronomical Society
2200 Utah Street; Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Home Page:
Contact: Susan Basten; 2200 Utah Street; Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Telephone: not listed
E-mail: ALCOR at doorastronomy dot org

Iowa County Astronomers
Home Page:
Contact: John Heasley, ALCOR; 1014 Fairview Court; Lone Rock, WI 53556
Telephone: 608-583-3010

LaCrosse Area Astronomical Society
Home Page:
Contact: Robert Allen; Physics Dept, Cowley Hall; University of Wisconsin; LaCrosse, WI 54601
Telephone: 608-785-8669
E-mail: allen.robe at uwlax dot edu

Milwaukee Astronomical Society
Home Page:
Contact: Sue Timlin, ALCOR; New Berlin, WI 53151

Neville Public Museum Astronomical Soc.
Home Page:
Contact: Gerry Kocken, PO Box 142, Amberg, WI 54102
E-mail: gerryk at kockenwi dot com
Telephone: 920-676-6363

Northeast Wisconsin Stargazers
Home Page:
Contact: Terry Becker, ALCOR; 3738 Summerset Way, Apt 1; Oshkosh, WI 54901
Telephone: 920-426-2286
E-mail: tbecker2 at new dot rr dot com

Northern Cross Science Foundation
1219 12th Avenue; Grafton, WI 53024-1923
Home Page:
Contact: Kevin Bert, ALCOR; 2292 Ridgewood Road; Grafton, WI 53024-9546
Telephone: 262-375-2239
E-mail: kevin.bert at mixcom dot com

Racine Astronomical Society
P. O. Box 085694; Racine, WI 53408
E-mail: rasastro at wi dot net; Home Page:
Contact: Webb Temple, ALCOR; 1418 Kentucky Street; Racine, WI 53405
Telephone: 404-634-7701
E-mail: wstempie at wi dot net

Sheboygan Astronomical Society
Home Page:
PO Box 1373; Sheboygan, WI 53082-1373
Contact: Harald Schenk, ALCOR; 2330 S. 11th Street; Sheboygan, WI 53081
Telephone: 920-458-5933
E-mail: hschenk excel dot net

Wehr Astronomical Society
Wehr Nature Center; 9701 W. College Avenue; Franklin, WI 53132
Home Page:
Contact: Charlotte Du Pree, ALCOR;
6219 Jay Street; West Bend, WI 53095-9578
Telephone: 262-675-0941
E-mail: grdupree at netwurx dot net


Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois
P O Box 3015; Carbondale, IL 62902
Home Page:
Yahoo Group:
Contact: Jim Storm, Alcor; 19068 Galatia Post Road; Marion, IL 62959
E-mail: jsobr319 at hughes dot net

Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society
Home Page:
Contact: William M. Staerkel Planetarium, Parkland College, 2400 West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, IL  61821
Telephone: 217-351-2567
Email: cuas at cuas dot org

Chicago Astronomical Society
P. O. Box 30287; Chicago, IL 60630-0287
Telephone: 773-725-5618
Home Page:
Contact: Mr. Michael F. Barrett, ALCOR; 5735 W. Pensacola Ave.; Chicago, IL 60634-1722
Telephone: 773-725-3961
E-mail: astroport at worldnet dot att dot net

Fox Valley Skywatchers
Contact: Russ Maxwell; 164 Hilltop Lane; Sleepy Hollow, IL 60118
Telephone: 847-428-4178
E-mail: maxr7 at aol dot com

Naperville Astronomical Association
Contact: Elias J. Shaikh, ALCOR; Darien, IL 60561
Home Page:

Northwest Suburban Astronomers
P.O.Box 68265; Schaumburg, IL 60168
Home Page:
Contact: Jerry Maynard, ALCOR; 33 Ferndale Rd., Deer Park IL 60010
Phone: 847-207-8430
E-mail: gjmay24 at gmail dot com

The Nature Institute Astronomy Association (info forthcoming)

Peoria Astronomical Society
E-mail: webmaster at astronomical dot org
Home Page:
Contact: Scott Swords; 11307 N Columbine Drive; Dunlap, IL 61525;
E-mail: sswords3 at home dot com

Popular Astronomy Club
Home Page:
Contact: Roy Gustafson
Additional contact:
Alan Sheidler, President
Telephone: 309-797-3120

River Bend Astronomy Club
Contact: Gary Kronk, 132 Jessica Drive, St. Jacob, Illinois 62281
Email: riverbendastro at att dot net
Phone: 618-644-2308.

Rockford Amateur Astronomers, Inc.
Home Page:
Contact: Barry Beaman; 6804 Alvina Road; Rockford, IL 61101
Telephone: 815-962-6540
E-mail: Praesepe44 at aol dot com

Sangamon Astronomical Society
Website:; E-mail: sas_sky at hotmail dot com
Contact: Larry Hardy, ALCOR; 3904 Rocky Falls Road; Springfield, IL 62707

Skokie Valley Astronomers
Home Page:
Contact: Gretchen Patti; 1 South 751 Avon; Warrenville, IL 60555
Telephone: 630-393-7929

Twin City Amateur Astronomers
Home Page:
Contact: Carl Wenning, Secretary; 21 Grandview Drive, Normal, IL 61761
Telephone: 309-830-4085
E-mail: carlwenning at gmail dot com