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.




   
Jan 2017  

14

7:30pm Astronomy Series: TELESCOPE OPTICS AND COATINGS Anthony Pierera
Learn about the intricacies of lenses, mirrors, and coatings to optimize observing under different scenarios

28

4:30pm BOARD MEETING: Aastronomy Day & Jamboree 2017 Planning. Members welcome
   
Feb 2017  

4

7:30pm How to use that new telescope! with Jeff Norwood
25 4:30pm Board Meeting. Members welcome
March 2017  
18

7pm St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Wear Alien Green!

25 4:30pm Board Meeting. Members welcome
  7:30pm All aobut optical Diffraction and its importance in your viewing with Steve Bellavia
   
April 2017  
9-10 NEAF!
22 4:30pm Board Meeting. Members welcome
  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.
29 Noon-9pm Astronomy Day. What is it? A day filled with fun, food, and education on all things Astronomy. Activities for all ages, bring the family. Evening lectures, solar viewing during the day, sky viewing at night. Come for part or all of the festivities. DEDICATION OF OUR NEW, STATE OF THE ART, SPECTACTULAR DOME TELESCOPE.

   
May 2017  
27 4:30pm Board Meeting. Members welcome
   
June 2017  
3 7pm RITES OF SPRING MUSIC FEST by Paolo Bartolani – outdoor performance by percussion ensembles
24 4:30pm Annual Meeting & BBQ Vote and make your voice heard at Custer then enjoy a summer barbecue and socialize with members
  8:30pm Blow up Hollywood - a musical event under the stars
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
   
July 2017 Stellafane
   
August 2017  
21 (mon) Solar Eclipse Event (tentative)
Updated 01/18/17

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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