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Custer Observatory in Southold

Custer Observatory in Southold (File photo)

Reach for the stars at the Custer Institute and Observatory’s 39th annual Astronomy Jamboree weekend, set for Friday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 5.

The three-day event, hosted by the Southold astronomical observatory, includes lectures, celestial observations and the chance to get to know other astronomy enthusiasts. The event is open to those new to astronomy and seasoned stargazers.

There will be a wine and cheese social, celestial poetry readings and a performance of the Astronomer’s Drinking Song on Friday night at 6 p.m. The evening will cap off with observations made through Custer’s Zerochromat telescope, as well as other telescopes brought by participants.

Saturday’s events will take place at the Southold Recreation Center (970 Peconic Lane, Peconic). Scheduled workshops include solar observing, astrophotography and other seminars. The next day follows with a community breakfast and a solar walk.

For a complete list of the Jamboree’s lectures, workshops and events, and to download a registration form, visit Participants can also register in person at the event beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission is $25 for adults, $15 for adult members and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door.

The Custer Institute and Observatory is located at 1115 Main Bayview Road in Southold. For more information about the observatory, call (631) 765-2626 or visit