The Automatic Comet Imaging Telescope (ACIT) is an imaging device designed for Sky Survey Program and
is now jointly run by University of Ljubljana and Crni Vrh Observatory. It utilizes a 20-cm, f/2 automatic
Baker-Schmidt telescope and HiSys-44 CCD imaging detector. The goal of the project is to scan larger areas
of sky for several times on each clear night and search them for the presence of any transient objects. The
whole system is being operated in Linux and may be run either in-site or remotely over the Internet link. An
observing schedule, containing field coordinates, exposure time and number of scans is prepared for each night
in advance and sent to the main computer. The image acquisition, processing and searching for new objects are
fully automated. At the end of observing session, the suspect objects are checked either locally or remotely
over the data link. On an average 10- hour night, our system is able to scan twice an area of 20o x 20o.
The system consists of a fork-type friction driven mounting, the 20-cm, a f/2 Baker-Schmidt telescope and a custom designed
stepping motor controller.
The telescope was designed by H. Mikuz, D. Zgavec,
and J. Skvarc and built in a local workshop.