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.

Generally, the less "full" the moon is, (that is, the darker the sky)
the better it is for observing deep sky objects such as nebulae and galaxies.
Can you find all the Apollo Landing Sites on the full moon?

Check the moon-phase calendar here.

Doors open at 7pm
Weather permitting, observing until Midnight.

We depend on your generous donations
which are gratefully Accepted.




Dec 2016  
10 Astronomy Series 7:30pm:
It ain't necessarily so!: A Winter Solstice Tale, B. Farrell.
The talk concerns the winter solstice and the many aspects of it that we think we know but are just not true, It Ainít Necessarily So. Mr Farrell will demonstrate how the earliest sunset occurs around a week before and the latest sunrise around a week after the solstice. Using models and interactive computer models he will show the movements of the earth at this time of year. After all, "the Solstice is the real Reason For The Season!"
17 Member Christmas Party (tentative)
   
Jan 2017  
28 Board Meeting 4:30pm
   
Feb 2017  
25 Board Meeting 4:30pm
   
March 2017  
18 St. Patrick’s Day dinner
25 Board Meeting 4:30pm
   
April 2017  
22 Board Meeting 4:30pm . . .
  Vox Aquarum. 7:00pm
Although Galileo’s scientific achievements are widely known, the legendary "father of modern science" was a member of a distinguished family of virtuoso lutenists and was an accomplished lutenist himself.

In celebration of Galileo Galilei's genius and musical interests, lutenist Christopher Morrongiello and the Long Island vocal quartet Vox Aquarum will perform a magnificent concert of songs, solos, madrigals and monodies composed by Vincenzo and Michelagnolo Galilei and their illustrious contemporaries. All welcome. $15 Non-Members, $12 Members, $10 Children. 7:00pm
29 Astronomy Day
   
May 2017  
27 Board Meeting 4:30pm
   
June 2017  
24 Annual Meeting 4:30pm
  Blow up Hollywood - a musical event under the stars. 8:30pm
Blow Up Hollywood, the ambient art-rock group, scores a celestial soundtrack for the night sky. With nine records over a fifteen year career, this veteran group will transform light into sound and usher in the summer sky. Don't miss this spectacular night of music performed under the stars.  $15 Non-Member, $12 Member, $10 Children. 8:30pm
   
August 2017  
21 (mon) Solar Eclipse Event (tentative)
Updated 11/30/16

As the days get cooler, the night comes earlier.
Remembering that Custer is run by volunteers,
despite the time of darkness,

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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