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 2023 Jan. 21 (5h18-5h28UT) in mediocre conditions (cirrus clouds) with 19-cm, f/4 Flat field telescope and astro modified Canon 6D camera. Exposure time was 9 minutes (9x1 minute). Image scale is 5.31 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2023 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)
Image of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), obtained on 2023 Jan. 14 (4h19-4h41UT) in Moonlight conditions with 19-cm, f/4 Flat field telescope and astro modified Canon 6D camera. Exposure time was 20 minutes (20x1 minute). Image scale is 5.31 arc sec/pixel. FOV 2.7 x 1.8 deg. Copyright © 2023 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)
Image of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), obtained on 2023 Jan. 14 (4h01-4h16UT) with with 60-cm, f/3.3 Deltagraph telescope and LRGB filters (20,20,20,20 sec). Total exposure time was 13 minutes. Image scale is 1.2 arc sec/pixel. Copyright © 2023 by H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory.

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF)
Image of comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF), obtained on 2023 Jan. 2 (4h44-5h04UT) from the mountains above the Logarska dolina (altitude 1155m), with Veloce RH 20-cm, f/3 astrograph and Canon 6D camera. Exposure time was 15 minutes. Image scale is 6.75 arc sec/pixel. Although the sky was generally clear, bad seeing and wind gusts hampered observations. Copyright © 2022 by A. Mohar and H. Mikuz, Crni Vrh Observatory & Dark Sky Slovenia.

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