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Custer Observatory StarFest 2018

November 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - November 4, 2018 @ 10:30 am

$20 – $30

Custer Astronomy Jamboree 2018



Solar Observing

Viewing through the Telescopes

Planetarium Shows

Dava Sobel , Keynote Speaker


Every year the Custer Observatory, in Southold, NY, hosts a weekend of astronomy lectures, stargazing, and friendship. 2018 marks the 40th year of this fun and exciting weekend of lectures, demonstrations, friends, food, music, and of course stargazing! It is a weekend for families, those new to astronomy, as well as seasoned stargazers.

All Programs on Friday Evening, November 2nd to be held at Custer Observatory

6:00pm Door Registration Begins at the Custer Observatory and continues on Saturday.

7:30pm The evening includes Celestial Poetry Reading by our long time member Bob Farrell and a Wine & Cheese Social. Bring your favorite astronomical poems. (Elmer Room)

9:00pm Join us for the historical tradition of singing The Astronomer’s Drinking Song.

9:30pm – 1:00am The evening will be topped off by observations through Custer’s New Zerochromat Telescope and the telescopes brought by participants! (weather permitting)

All Morning, Afternoon & Evening Programs on Saturday, November 3rd will be

held at Southold Town Recreation Center (located 1 mile west from Custer)

9:00am Registration Begins at Rec Center

9:00am – 12:00pm Vendors: Camera Concepts – Jeff Norwood (Vendor displays in Rec Center)

10:00am “Radio Telescopes” – Justine Haupt (Beta Room)

11:00am All Day Sunspot Observing- In the Parking Lot (weather permitting)

11:00am Planetarium Show – Andie Pisicano

12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch Break – Party Hero and beverages will be available for purchase at the Rec Center Kitchen.

1:00pm “Welcome to the 40th Astronomy Jamboree” Charles Cardona, Custer President

1:15pm “40 Years of Astronomy Jamborees” – Bob Farrell

2:45pm “Power Point Shorts” – 10 minute max. – Topics TBA – Call for Presentations limited to the first 7 applicants (Alpha room)

4:00pm Workshop: “Astrophotography” – (Beta room)

5:00pm – 6:45pm Dinner Break (Members & Participants) A delicious Buffet at the Recreation Center

7:00pm Raffle Prize Drawing

7:30pm Fred Hess Memorial Lecture Keynote Speaker – Dava Sobel (Rec Center)

9:00pm -1:00am Observing and Refreshments at Custer Institute (weather permitting)

Sunday Morning, November 4ᵗͪ at Custer Observatory, Southold, NY

10:30am Astronomical Breakfast Gathering (bagels, muffins,etc. in the Elmer Room)

11:00am Solar Observing and Solar System Walk – outside (weather permitting)


November 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
November 4, 2018 @ 10:30 am
$20 – $30
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Custer Institute
1115 Main Bayview Road
Southold, NY 11971 United States
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