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/2010 U3 (Boattini)
False color unfiltered image of comet C/2010 U3 (Boattini), obtained on 2019 Jun. 2 (21h32-21h40UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 6x60 seconds. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic comet 123P/West-Hartley
False color unfiltered image of periodic comet 123P/West-Hartley, obtained on 2019 June 2 (21h45-21h58UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 10x60 seconds. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.
Periodic Comet 68P/Klemola
False color unfiltered image of periodic comet 68P/Klemola, obtained on 2019 May 7 (1h37-1h50UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 10x70 seconds. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet 123P/West-Hartley
False color unfiltered image of periodic comet 123P/West-Hartley, obtained on 2019 April 2 (0h33-0h45UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 3x60 seconds. Image scale is 2.50 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.
Comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto)
Image of comet C/2018 Y1 (Iwamoto), passing the open clusters M38 and NGC 1907 in Auriga. Obtained on 2019 Feb. 28 (21h40-22h47UT) with 15-cm, f/6 Maksutov-Cassegrain astrograph and Canon EOS 6D DSLR. Exposure time was 66 minues at ISO 3200. FOV is 2.29o x 1.52o. Image scale is 6.0 arc sec/pixel. There is a ghost reflection between the comet and clusters due to optics design and relative proximity of bright star Capella. The comet left a fuzzy trail because telescope guiding was on stars. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

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