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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.

Next Board Meeting:  Saturday, October 10  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. Next board meetings: Oct 10th, Nov 21st

After the lectures, concerts, etc.  Remain for refreshments and guided tours of the night sky through Custer's telescopes. Custer is open every Saturdays from 7pm until midnight. Observing beings at 8pm

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Sat Oct 9-11 Custer Jamboree

Sat Oct 17th Board meeting 4:30-6:30
Saturday October 17
Aiyoung Choi will have a presentation about the historic journey she took with 30 other women crossing from China into North Korea, the most secretive nation on the planet.

Saturday, October 24th
Movie Night At The Custer Observatory Presents
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Join us for the silent film screening of this great horror classic accompanied by live original music by film composer Thomas Mangano! The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is not the typical horror film; It is a brilliant example of the film movement known as German expressionism and known to have greatly influenced iconic directors like Alfred Hitchcock.  Director Robert Wiene and his team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetuate a series of murders in a small community. Ranked among the top 5 most influential horror films in the early history of cinema, this performance is a rare opportunity to experience film and live music as it was intended in 1919!

Original Film Music composed & Performed by Thomas Mangano
With Special Guest Kelly Quinn
 Please Note: Due to the nature of this film, parental guidance is strongly suggested.  The images while not graphically violent may still be disturbing for younger viewers.  Parental discretion is advised.

Fri Nov 6th PARC monthly meeting.

Saturday November 21
Board meeting 4:30-6:30
After the Board Meeting, a presentation:
Bob Farrell will talk about his journey as a travel photographer.  
Wine & Cheese

December No Board meeting

Sat Dec 12th Geminid Shower night at Custer – Meteor shower observing that night

Sat Dec 19th Holiday Party

Sat Dec 26th Custer Lecture – TBA

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.


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

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.

Saturday Night Observing, open to public, dusk 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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