For the Curious
The Custer Institute and Observatory is Long Island's oldest public observatory (est.1927). Open to the public every Saturday evening from dusk until midnight, our staff of volunteers will give you a tour of the facilities and the night sky through our powerful telescopes. Custer has a library, museum, and gift shop. Frequent lectures, classes,concerts, art exhibits and other special events.
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Updated: 11/10/Two Thousand Nineteen
Saturday Night Observing: Open 7pm-Midnight
Check our weather and the moon phase
Weather permitting, Saturday Night Observing is from 7pm to midnight where volunteer Staff provide guided tours of the sky.
|Clear, cloudy, or rain? If it's a Saturday night, then YES, we ARE open!
Everyone loves the moon! Check the phase of the Moon here and remember, less moon = darker skies which is what you need to see many deep sky objects such as those found in the Messier Catalog or the NGC Objects. But whether the Moon is just a sliver or full, it's always great to see through our telescopes!
As a volunteer organization, we can really only guarantee to answer the phone Saturday nights when we are there. Check back here and our facebook page for the latest information.
|What's Up - November 2019|
"Holiday Party Under the Stars"
Join us for a holiday celebration under the stars! Dinner will be offered, prepared by Custer Observatory's own Chef Cardona, followed by a performance at 6:00pm of live jazz by Ahmad Ali and Friends. Ahmad Ali is an accomplished jazz and R&B singer, songwriter and guitarist and host of WUSB’s radio show Cafe Ali. Stargazing (weather permitting) will follow.
"STARTING IN BEEKEEPING"
Local Master Beekeeper Chris Kelly will present a one hour lecture on some of the basics of beekeeping. Topics covered will include: the cost of getting started, equipment selection, site or hive placement considerations, and a brief overview of the beekeeping calendar year. Chris will also provide information on purchasing bees & equipment. Q & A follows.
THE BEGINNER BEEKEEPER.
This six part class will be taught by local Master Beekeeper Chris Kelly and is an introduction to getting started in beekeeping. Sessions will be held on Jan 26, Feb 9, Feb 23, March 8, March 22 and April 5. The class will cover what is involved in working with bees, knowing what to look for and what to expect. The first two classes will review planning your bee yard, equipment selection, and learning the basics of bee biology. The second two classes will deal with bee pests & diseases. The final two classes will tie in record keeping of your bee yard and the importance of GDD, bloom sequence, and the bee population curve. By the end of this series the beginner will have a complete tool kit of knowledge to be able to start and keep their bee hives with success.
Get a feel for the place and part of our must-see-in-person collection!
NASA TV Public-Education
NASA TV airs a variety of regularly scheduled, pre-recorded educational and public relations programming 24 hours a day on its various channels. The network also provides an array of live programming, such as 24-hour coverage of International Space Station events (spacewalks, media interviews, educational broadcasts), and rocket launches.