Events
Don't forget to Check Our Weather!

The suggested donation for the specific events listed below includes the cost of General Admission.  Rain or clear, we survive only on your generous donations.

Minimum suggested donations:
$5 for each Adult
$3 Children under 14
FREE for Members.



Board Meeting:  Saturday, February 20  at 4:30 PM
Members of the Institute may attend and observe and are given time to address the board before the beginning and after adjournment but not during the meeting, unless invited to speak by a board member.
Later this evening, a concert with Summer Breeze...

Saturday, February 20  Concert: SUMMER BREEZE
7-8pm


SUMMER BREEZE has been entertaining crowds of all ages for many years.
Their music is a great selection of classics from the 50's thru the 70's featuring three-part harmony vocals.
SUMMER BREEZE has performed everywhere from North Fork Wineries, Montauk Beach Clubs, NYC Parties, 50th High School Reunions, Senior Living Facilities, Libraries  & Events throughout the Tristate area. 
Do you like Early Beatles, Elvis Presley, Motown & Classic Rock/Pop hits from the Golden age of Music? If so, Summer Breeze may be a perfect fit for your event or venue!
 Suggested Donation: $10 Non-Members, $8 Members, Students with ID FREE. 

Is there a telescope gathering dust in the closet because you don't know how to use it? Perhaps you have been using your telescope but it doesn't seem to be working quite right and you're asking yourself: "Is it me or the equipment?" Or maybe you'd like to buy a telescope and want to know what to consider before making the purchase.

This lecture and workshop will provide the answers. You'll learn all you ever wanted to know about telescopes and receive practical information that will help you get set up and observing. After the lecture, there will be an opportunity for you to receive hands-on help from the instructor and Custer's Observatory Staff so bring your equipment with you. Weather permitting, we will do some observing after the presentation.

Instructor Jeff Norwood is a veteran amateur astronomer, telescope mechanic, and owner of Camera Concepts in Patchogue.

Suggested Donations to Custer:
Custer Members: $8 ♦ Non-Members: $10 ♦ Students: Free

Sat March 12th
St Patrick’s Celebration: Details coming

Board Meeting:  Saturday, March 19  at 4:30 PM
Members of the Institute may attend and observe and are given time to address the board before the beginning and after adjournment but not during the meeting, unless invited to speak by a board member.

Saturday, March 19
Spring  Equinox Event for Riverhead Lib  7PM.  Details coming.

Sat March 26th: Raindate for Spring  Equinox Event

Board Meeting:  Saturday, April 16  at 4:30 PM
Members of the Institute may attend and observe and are given time to address the board before the beginning and after adjournment but not during the meeting, unless invited to speak by a board member.

Board Meeting:  Saturday, May 21  at 4:30 PM
Members of the Institute may attend and observe and are given time to address the board before the beginning and after adjournment but not during the meeting, unless invited to speak by a board member.

Annual Meeting:  Saturday, June 11 Time TBD
The Annual Meeting and elections for Custer Institute at 4:30 p.m at the Custer Institute


Saturday Night Observing:
open to public, dark 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 and have a look at our VISITOR GUIDE to make the most
of your visit with us.

Observing

MEMBERS' NIGHT, Last Friday of each month
A Members-Only evening for mingling, observing, enjoying the observatory and its resources, discussing Custer's present and planning its future together. Coordinated by Staff Members. Admission: FREE for Members and their guests.

The musical performances are, in part, made possible by grants from the Suffolk County Community Arts Regrant Program and the NYS Council for the Arts

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