MPC observatory code 106
Longitude: 14o 04' 16" East; Latitude: 45o 56' 45" North; Altitude: 726 m
First Published November 10, 1995
Crni Vrh Observatory is operated by a group of dedicated observers. We run a Comet and Asteroid Search Program named PIKA after a Slovene acronym. For that purpose, we designed and built a 0.6-m, f/3.3 Cichocki telescope (named after B. Cichocki). It is custom made, advanced technology, wide-field imaging system, designed for sky survey applications. Since 2004, it operates as a remote robotic telescope. It nightly scans the sky and returns new discoveries of small Solar System bodies, which sometimes threaten our home planet Earth. Recent software upgrade enable us also discovery of distant cosmic explosions such as supernovae, Gamma Ray Bursts and variable stars. See also our 2 minute video presentation and recent updates of the PIKA project.

2000 and 2010 Shoemaker Grant Recipient

Last Images
Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
Color image of periodic comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson), obtained on 2016 Dec. 30 (4h38-4h54UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and LBVR filters. Each color channel was combined from 3 single 60s exposures. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2016 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)
Color image of periodic comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE), obtained on 2016 Dec. 30 (5h00-5h05UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and single series of 30s exposures with LBVR filters. Image scale is 1.5 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2016 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE)
Color image of periodic comet C/2016 U1 (NEOWISE), obtained on 2016 Dec. 10 (3h53-4h37UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and LBVR filters. Each color channel was combined from 12 single 30s exposures. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2016 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
Color image of periodic comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson), obtained on 2016 Dec. 10 (3h16-3h45UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and LBVR filters. Each color channel was combined from 4 single 90s exposures. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2016 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR)
False color unfiltered image of periodic comet C/2016 A8 (LINEAR), obtained on 2016 Aug. 25 (23h45-23h53UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Combined image was composed from 12 single 30s exposures. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2016 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

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