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/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
Image of comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto), obtained on 2019 Feb. 15 (2h37-3h08UT) with 15-cm, f/6 Maksutov-Cassegrain astrograph and Canon EOS 6D DSLR. Exposure time was 9x180 seconds at ISO 3200. Total exposure time 27 minutes. FOV is 2.28o x 1.51o. Thin clouds somewhat interfered exposure. Image scale is 6.0 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
Unfiltered image of comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto), obtained on 2019 Feb. 15 (3h35-3h46UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 20x20 seconds. Total exposure time 400 seconds. Image scale is 2.5 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
Image of comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto), obtained on 2019 Feb. 13 (3h13-3h43UT) with 15-cm, f/6 Maksutov-Cassegrain astrograph and Canon EOS 6D DSLR. Exposure time was 10x180 seconds at ISO 3200. Total exposure time 30 minutes. FOV is 2.28o x 1.51o. Image scale is 6.0 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
Image of comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto), obtained on 2019 Feb. 8 (23h28-23h58UT) with 15-cm, f/6 Maksutov-Cassegrain astrograph and Canon EOS 6D DSLR. Exposure time was 10x180 seconds at ISO 3200. Total exposure time 30 minutes. FOV is 1.88o x 1.30o. Image scale is 6.0 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet 46P/Wirtanen
Image of periodic comet 46P/Wirtanen, obtained on 2019 Jan. 5 (20h41-21h11UT) with 15-cm, f/6 Maksutov-Cassegrain astrograph and Canon EOS 6D DSLR. Exposure time was 10x180 seconds at ISO 3200. Total exposure time 30 minutes. Camera FOV is 2.3 x 1.53o. Image scale is 6.0 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

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