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.
Check Custer's Weather here.

Doors open at 7pm

As the days grow shorter, the night comes earlier.
Please note, despite it getting dark earlier
Custer will not open until 7pm
Observing from the dome will begin by 8pm.

See you after 7pm!
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.

We depend on your generous donations
which are gratefully Accepted.









September 2017  
Mondays & Wednesdays
11,13,18, & 20

Town of Southold Scheduled Program AT Custer:
Astronomy Basics at Custer Institute
For adults 16 and older
08/10/2017 - 09/30/2017
Register now through the town of Southold beginning August 10

Astronomy Basics at Custer Institute with George Lomaga and Matt Campbell Take your stargazing to the next level with this introduction to basic astronomy offered at the Custer Institute in Southold. This program will cover the major topics of astronomy with an emphasis on those celestial objects that are easiest to observe. Those will include the constellations, planets, comets, meteor showers, as well as an overview of various deep sky objects such as distant galaxies and nebula. How the night sky changes through the year will also be covered. When weather permits, students will be invited to the Custer Institute dome after the class to view night sky objects through their state-of-the-art Zerochromat refracting telescope. A $5 materials fee due on the first might will cover Starfinders and charts.

Southold Resident Fee: $35
Non-Resident Fee: $45

23

4:30 Board Meeting
The Makers Among Us will be at

5pm- 7pm 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.

   
October 2017  
7

6:00pm

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!
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5pm-Midnight CUSTER HALLOWEEN PARTY

Scary Ghost stories, Sťance, music, candy, costume contest, dancing and observing – BOO! 

   

November 2017

 
3-4-5

Custer Annual Astronomy Jamboree Weekend

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!

18 4:30pm Board Meeting
   
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 shorter, the night comes earlier.
Please note, despite it getting dark earlier
Custer will not open until 7pm.
Observing from the dome will begin after 8pm.

See you after 7pm!
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.


CURRENT MOON



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