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
Periodic Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
True color image of periodic comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, obtained on 2017 Apr. 21 (1h28-1h57UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and LBVR filters. Exposure time was 5x60s in each filter. Total exposure time 1200 seconds. Image scale is 4.0 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2017 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
True color image of periodic comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, obtained on 2017 Mar. 28 (22h45-23h10UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and LBVR filters. Exposure times were 6x30 s in each filter. Total exposure time 720 seconds. Image scale is 4.1 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2017 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson)
True color image of periodic comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson), obtained on 2017 Mar. 29 (3h25-3h43UT) 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 © 2017 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak
True color image of periodic comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak, obtained on 2017 Mar. 26 (0h11-0h34UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and LBVR filters. Exposure times were 6x30 seconds in each filter. Total exposure time 720 seconds. Image scale is 2.5 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2017 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

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