Welcome to the Custer Institute

Weather permitting, Saturday Night Observing is from 8pm to midnight
where volunteer Staff provide guided tours of the sky.
Clouds, fog, rain, and full moon nights are not good nights for observing,
but are good nights for indoor projects and maintenance.

Check the moon-phase calendar here.

Doors open at 7pm
Weather permitting, we observe from dark until Midnight.

We depend on your generous donations
which are gratefully Accepted.

July 2017  
20-23 Stellafane Convention, Springfield, VT

Enjoy the event with Custer members and other astronomers

28 7pm-7am Custer Meteor Shower Campout. Come sleep under the stars. Watching the Delta Aquarids at their peak. BBQ, bring your tent, sleeping bag, and chairs!
August 2017  

Peak of the Perseid meteor shower and yes, Custer is open this night!

This annual meteor shower probably ranks as everyone's all-time favorite. You don't use telescopes or binoculars to watch a meteor shower. Bring what you would as if you were going to watch fireworks: a beach chair or blanket, some snacks (wine & cheese anyone?). Now, just lay back and watch the show! This shower often produces 50 or more meteors per hour.

Where to look? Primarily in the north-east part of the sky (near the constellation Perseus for which they were named), and the zenith (the point in the sky directly above you).

19 7pm Movie presentation: All about eclipses.
21 (mon)

Solar Eclipse Event. 1pm-4pm

North American Solar Eclipse Day. We will be open to observe the 70% eclipse of the Sun by the moon.
Plan an eclipse trip ...or just watch this.

September 2017  
6:00pm  The Transitions Saxophone Quartet performs "A Little Night Music".
This performance will feature music inspired by nightfall spanning multiple genres and composers from Mozart to Thelonius Monk.  Join us for this compilation of music inspired by the stars.  $10 Non-Members, $8 Members, Children FREE.

6:00pm  John Joe Michael Roarty
This 2010 national guitar competition winner will demonstrate his mastery of the instrument and talent for composition in this magical performance.
October 2017  

Rob Schwimmer, Theremin and Haken Continuum

Theremin virtuoso, Rob Schwimmer, will educate, demonstrate and perform works on the theremin and a relatively new instrument called the Haken Continuum.  Star gazing (weather permitting) will follow.

Suggested Donation: Non-Members $15, Members $12, Children $10

21 7pm Reminiscing with the Custer old timers. Moderated by past president George Lomaga, come and take in the history and stories of Custer Institute from senior members going back many decades. They're not getting any younger - this may not happen again!


Astronomy Art Exhibition : Opening Reception
Join us for this exhibition of original works by artists Nick Cordone, Cynthia Padgett, and Randall DiGiuseppe, inspired by the night sky. The opening night reception will be accompanied by local wine and cheese tasting, "meet the artists" opportunity and live chamber ensemble. Following the reception, view the stars through our new Zerochromat telescope and other telescopes on site. The exhibit will run through November 5th. Art pieces will be available for purchase, a portion of which sales will benefit the Observatory Fund. FREE.


November 2017


Custer Jamboree

A Custer tradition with distinguished speakers, workshops, dinner, poetry, and astronomer networking and of course, viewing.  A gathering of experts you don’t want to miss!

December 2017  
8 All about telescopes and what to look for when buying one. Just in time for a Christmas gift! Annual presentation by Jeff Norwood of Camera Concepts
2018 !

Astronomy Day: 2018:    April 14   (new moon April 15)   

Jamboree: 2018    November 2-3-4

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As the days grow longer, the night comes later.
Remember, Custer is run by volunteers,
Custer will open at 7pm.
Observing from the dome will begin after 8pm.

See you then!
Please be patient and mindful that our staff are volunteers, mostly amateur astronomers; they are not paid professionals. All will do their best to make your visit pleasant and educational.

Weather Permitting:

Saturday Night Observing, open to public, 7pm to midnight, weather permitting Staff provide guided tours of the sky. Clouds, fog, rain, and full moon nights are not good nights. The less moon, the better for most observing.
Check the moon calendar.
Plan your visit by reading this.


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