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 O1 (PANSTARRS)
False color unfiltered image of comet C/2015 O1 (PANSTARRS), obtained on 2018 Apr. 8 (1h13-1h23UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Image is a composite of 8x60 second exposures. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2018 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
False color image of comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS), obtained on 2018 Feb. 15 (20h16-20h45UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and B filter. Exposure time was 30 minutes (10x180s, median combined). The ion tail is mostly composed of CO+ gas, fluorescing in sunlight. Image scale is 3.3 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2018 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
False color image of comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS), obtained on 2018 Feb. 14 (19h48-20h10UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and B filter. Exposure time was 20 minutes (10x120s, median combined). The ion tail is mostly composed of CO+ gas, fluorescing in sunlight. Image scale is 3.75 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2018 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS)
False color image of comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS), obtained on 2018 Jan. 21 (20h46-20h56UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and B filter. Exposure time was 10 minutes (5x120s). The branched ion tail is mostly composed of CO+ gas, fluorescing in sunlight. Image scale is 2.5 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2018 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

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