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/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS)
False color unfiltered image of comet C/2017 T2 (PANSTARRS), obtained on 2019 Oct. 24 (0h24-0h32UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope. Exposure time was 6x60 seconds. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet 2I/2019 Q4 (Borisov)
Unfiltered sequence of images (stacked on a comet) was obtained on 2019 Oct. 26 (2h42-3h08UT), with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 30x42 seconds. Total exposure time 21 minutes. Image scale is 1.25 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by B. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet 68P/Klemola
False color unfiltered image of periodic comet 68P/Klemola, obtained on 2019 Oct. 16 (17h57-18h03UT) with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and CCD. Exposure time was 6x60 seconds. Image scale is 2.5 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2018 W2 (Africano)
Image of comet C/2018 W2 (Africano), obtained on 2019 Sep. 26 (20h56-21h18UT) with 15-cm, f/6 Maksutov astrograph and Canon EOS 6D DSLR. Exposure time was 8x180 seconds at ISO 3200. Total exposure time 24 minutes. FOV is 1.8o x 1.2o. Image scale is 6.0 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.
Comet C/2018 W2 (Africano)
Image of comet C/2018 W2 (Africano), obtained on 2019 Sep. 21 (20h05-20h28UT) with 15-cm, f/6 Maksutov astrograph and Canon EOS 6D DSLR. Exposure time was 9x180 seconds at ISO 3200. Total exposure time 21 minutes. FOV is 1.8o x 1.2o. Image scale is 6.0 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2019 by H. Mikuz, Črni Vrh Observatory.
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