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/2022 E3 (ZTF)
Image of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), obtained on 2022 Nov. 27 (4h50-5h01UT) with with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and LRGB filters (2,2,2,2 min). Total exposure time was 8 minutes. Image scale is 2.4 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2022 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet P/2022 L3 (ATLAS)
Unfiltered image of periodic comet P/2022 L3 (ATLAS), obtained on 2022 Oct. 29 (0h26-0h43UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 15 minutes (10x90 seconds). Image scale is 1.6 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2022 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2020 V2 (ZTF)
Unfiltered image of comet C/2020 V2 (ZTF), obtained on 2022 Oct. 19 (2h56-3h08UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 10 minutes (10x60 seconds). Image scale is 1.6 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2022 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS)
Image of comet C/2017 K2 (PANSTARRS), obtained on 2022 Aug. 4 (20h55-21h25UT) with 15-cm, f/6 Maksutov-Cassegrain astrocamera and Canon EOS 700D DSLR. Exposure time was 30 minutes (15x120 seconds) at ISO 1600. FOV is 60.9 x 44.6 arcmin. Image scale is 2.88 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2022 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.
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