We run a Comet and Asteroid Search Program named PIKA after a Slovene acronym. The program is run
by University of Ljubljana and Crni Vrh Observatory. It utilizes a 36-cm, f/6.7 Schmidt-Cassegrain
telescope and Finger Lake 1k x 1k CCD detector, attached on the fully automated mounting.
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 PIKA imaging 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 is fully
automated. Images are analyzed by the
software, written by Jure Skvarc. At the end of observing session, the suspect objects are checked either
locally or remotely over the data link.