The 50/70-cm Schmidt Telescope

One of the smaller telescopes is a wide-angle Schmidt telescope with a large field of view. It is used for observations of galaxies, asteroids, comets and exploding stars. It has been rigged with a modern CCD camera as a result of a joint Bulgarian-Macedonian project. It was used for the first systematic observations at the Rozhen NAO more than 20 years ago, which involved positional observations of asteroids. There is also a project dealing with the search for new asteroids. The first new asteroid observed at the Rozhen NAO in 1983 was named after John Atanasov, the inventor of the modern computer. The observatory used this telescope as a part of an international project to warn the public about a potential clash of dangerous asteroids or comets with the Earth. The staff also works on projects related to dwarf galaxies, which are difficult to observe and are visible through the Milky Way. Dozens of exploding stars in open star clusters have been found.


Sector “Galaxies”

Head: Dr. G. PetrovPhysical processes in galaxies and systems of galaxies...

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Sector “Stellar clusters”

Head: Dr. A. AntovEvolutionary status of the stars in old open...

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Sector “Chemically peculiar stars”

Head: Dr. I. IlievHigh resolution, high signal-to-noise spectra are used to...

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Sector “Stellar atmospheres and envelopes”

Head: Dr. N. TomovThe physical processes in stellar atmospheres and circumstellar...

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Sector “Nonstationary stars”

Head: Dr. K. PanovNonstationary processes are being investigated in late-type stars,...

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Sector “Solar system”

Head: Dr. V. IvanovaDynamical evolution of the small bodies in the...

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