Large Telescope Dome of the Rozhen Observatory
|Organization||Bulgarian Academy of Sciences|
|Location||Near Chepelare, Bulgaria|
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Rozhen Observatory (Bulgarian: Национална астрономическа обсерватория - Рожен, НАО-Рожен; English: National Astronomical Observatory - Rozhen, NAO-Rozhen), also known as the Bulgarian National Astronomical Observatory, is an astronomical observatory, located in the Smolyan Province, 90 kilometers south of the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The nearest town, Chepelare, is 15 kilometers away. The observatory is owned and operated by the Institute of Astronomy of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS). It was officially opened on 13 March 1981, almost 20 years after Bogomil Kovachev – a professor of astronomy at BAS, known as its founder – had started working towards that goal. The Observatory is the largest in Southeastern Europe and has an active team of about 50 astronomers. It is the principal center for astronomical research in Bulgaria. The minor planet 6267 Rozhen, was discovered at, and named after the observatory.
- 200 cm Ritchey-Chretien telescope (supplied with Coude focus)
- 60 cm Cassegrain telescope
- 50/70 cm Schmidt camera
- 15 cm Solar telescope
WASP-3c & TTV
- Official site
- Bulgarian National Astronomical Observatory
- Home Institute site
- (4486) Mithra (NEA) discovery in Rozhen Observatory 20 September 1987 by V. Shkodrov and E. Elst (IAUC 4464)
- http://www.vidin-online.com/grazhdani/prof-d-r-bogomil-kovachev : accessed 14 September 2015 (in Bulgarian)
- http://wop.fpni.eu/digital_pdf/wop/3_2012.pdf image 53 of 66 : accessed 14 Sept 2015 (in Bulgarian)
- http://nao-rozhen.org/history/fr_en.htm[permanent dead link] : accessed 14 Sept. 2015
- Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(6267) Rozhen". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (6267) Rozhen. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 522. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_5763. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
- http://www.scientificcomputing.com/news-DS-Planet-Hunting-Finding-Earth-like-Planets-071910.aspx Archived 28 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine "Planet Hunting: Finding Earth-like Planets"
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