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.

Next Board Meeting:  Saturday, Dec 20th  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. Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 14, March 21, April 18, and May 16 at 4:30 p.m. The annual meeting will be held on June 13, 2015 at 4:30 p.m

After the lectures, concerts, etc. remain for refreshments and guided tours of the night sky through Custer's telescopes. The observatory is open every Saturday evening from dark until midnight



Friday, December 19
Holiday Party: Members Only
8pm

Saturday, December 20
Custer Board Meeting, 4:30pm.

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. 

Sunday, December 21
December Solstice.

The Winter Solstice: the real reason for the season! 
The December solstice occurs at 23:03 UTC. The South Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.44 degrees south latitude. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tuesday, December 31, 8pm
NEW YEARS EVE UNDER THE STARS
Details forthcoming

Saturday, January 17
Custer Board Meeting, 4:30pm.

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, January 17th
The IPA Improv comedy Troupe 7pm

IPA Comedy is a live improvised comedy group located on Long Island, NY. Our performances are in the vein of "Whose Line is it Anyway" with a focus on audience interaction. Founded by local comedians and members of other troupes, our current lineup is: Matthew Parody, Christopher Petty, Marcus Johnson, and Don Curaba, with Adam Mancuso, Matthew Guerrido, and Sarah Savage.
Suggested Donations: Custer Members: $8 ★ Non-Members: $10Students: Free

Saturday, January 24
How to use your telescope, 8pm-10pm

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

Suggested Donations: Custer Members: $8 ★ Non-Members: $10
Students: Free
Friday, January 30
Custer Member's Recognition Dinner, 6pm

Details forthcoming

Saturday, January 7, 4:30pm
Custer Board Meeting, 4:30pm.

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, February 14th
Starlight Caberet, 6:30pm.

Details forthcoming

Friday, February 27
Members Night, 7pm

A Members-Only evening for mingling, observing, enjoying the observatory and its resources, discussing Custer's present and planning its future together. This members-only evening is FREE for Members and their guests.

Saturday, March 16, 4:30pm
Custer Board Meeting, 4:30pm.

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 16, 7:30pm-midnight
ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER
Join us for a home cooked Irish feast prepared by Chef Chuck O'Cardona (feel free to bring your favorite dish or dessert to add to the table). Suggested Donation: $20 Members, $25 Non-Members, $10 Students, $5 Kids under 14. Observing, weather permitting, will follow.

Friday, March 27
Members Night, 7pm
A Members-Only evening for mingling, observing, enjoying the observatory and its resources, discussing Custer's present and planning its future together. This members-only evening is FREE for Members and their guests.

Saturday, April 11, 4:30pm
Custer Board Meeting, 4:30pm.

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 & Sunday April 18 & 19, 2015
NEAF!
The World’s Largest Astronomy Expo
Bringing you the Universe in two exciting event-packed days, NEAF is renowned worldwide as the ultimate astronomy experience. Nowhere else can you find so much in one place or at one time.

Friday, April 24
Members Night, 7pm
A Members-Only evening for mingling, observing, enjoying the observatory and its resources, discussing Custer's present and planning its future together. This members-only evening is FREE for Members and their guests.

Saturday, April 25
Astronomy Day, Noon-Midnight

Astronomy allows us to see the history of the universe with our own eyes. The stars that twinkle as you look out on a dark, clear night may not exist right now. They existed at whatever point in history they emitted that light, which has taken millions of years to reach Earth.

Celebrate this marvelous feat on International Astronomy Day by participating in a little stargazing. Check out your local planetarium or library for activities, or simply find a quiet, dark spot to look out onto the sparkling canvas that lies above our heads. Use books or websites to identify the players in the Universe’s spectacular, historical light show.

Telescopes allow us to see much more than is visible to the naked eye. On International Astronomy Day, many organizations offer the public the use of telescopes to experience sights of the Universe that they’ve never seen before.

Saturday, May 16, 4:30pm
Custer Board Meeting, 4:30pm.

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.

Friday, May 29
Members Night, 7pm
A Members-Only evening for mingling, observing, enjoying the observatory and its resources, discussing Custer's present and planning its future together. This members-only evening is FREE for Members and their guests.

Saturday, June 13
Annual Meeting 5pm

The Annual Meeting and elections for Custer Institute are scheduled Saturday June 7, 2014 at 5pm 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


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. Coordinator: David van Popering. 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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