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/2020 V2 (ZTF)
Unfiltered image of comet C/2020 V2 (ZTF), obtained on 2022 Apr. 20 (22h17-22h29UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 10 minutes (10x60 seconds). Image scale is 0.8 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2021 by H. Mikuz, ?rni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet 19P/Borrelly
Unfiltered image of periodic comet 19P/Borrelly, obtained on 2022 Apr. 20 (19h27-19h39UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 10 minutes (10x60 seconds). Image scale is 0.8 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2022 by H. Mikuz, ?rni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2019 T4 (ATLAS)
Unfiltered image of comet C/2019 T4 (ATLAS), obtained on 2022 Apr. 20 (20h57-21h09UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 10 minutes (10x60 seconds). Image scale is 0.8 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2021 by H. Mikuz, ?rni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)
True color image of comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), obtained on 2022 Apr. 6 (2h48-3h02UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope, CCD and LRGB filters. Exposure time was 12 minutes (9x60s). Image scale is 1.6 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2022 by H. Mikuz, ?rni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)
False color image of comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), obtained on 2022 Mar. 28 (2h49-3h00UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time 9 minutes (9x60s). Image scale is 1.6 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2022 by H. Mikuz, ?rni Vrh Observatory.

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