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/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS)
True color image of comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS), obtained on 2024 May 10 (21h41-22h12UT) with 19-cm, f/4 Flat-field camera and CMO. Exposure time was 30 minutes (30x60 seconds). Image scale is 3.2 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2024 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS)
Image of comet C/2021 S3 (PANSTARRS), obtained on 2024 May 10 (22h33-22h43UT) with 19-cm, f/4 Flat Field Camera and CMO. Exposure time was 10 minutes (10x60 seconds). Image scale is 3.2 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2024 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS)
True color image of comet C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS), obtained on 2024 May 5 (20h26-20h59UT) with 15-cm, f/6 Maksutov telescope and Canon 6D. Exposure time was 30 minutes (30x60 seconds). Image scale is 2.92 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2024 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks
Image of periodic comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, obtained on 2024 Apr. 4 (19h22-19h29UT) with 15-cm, f/3.5 Quattro-150P telescope and Canon 6D camera. Exposure time was 14x30 seconds at ISO 1600. Image scale is 5.1 arc sec/pixel. Field size 2.3 x 1.3 deg. Images were taken under mediocre conditions (comet only few degrees over horizon, with some clouds passing) near the village of Sv. Gregor (Sodrazica). Copyright © 2024 by H. Mikuz and A. Mohar, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks
Image of periodic comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, obtained on 2024 Apr. 2 (19h32-19h53UT) with 15-cm, f/3.5 Quattro-150P telescope and Canon 700D camera. Exposure time was 23x30 seconds at ISO 1600. Image scale is 5.1 arc sec/pixel. Field size 2.5 x 1.6 deg. Images were taken near the village of Sv. Gregor (Sodrazica). Copyright © 2024 by H. Mikuz and A. Mohar, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Periodic Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks
Wide field image of periodic comet 12P/Pons-Brooks, obtained in moonlight conditions on 2024 Mar. 13 (18h34-19h07UT) with 300 mm, f/4.7 Rubinar lens and Canon 6D camera. Exposure time was 47x60 seconds. Image scale is 13.4 arc sec/pixel. Field size 6.81 x 4.54 deg. Copyright © 2024 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

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