CAOSP abstracts, Volume: 36, No.: 2, year: 2006

Abstract: Programmes of obtaining the precise positions of comets at the Skalnaté Pleso Observatory and results obtained are described. The observations have been carried out since 1946. Three telescopes (0,6-m f/5.5 Newtonian reflector, 0.3-m f/5 astrograph and 0.61-m f/4.2 Newtonian reflector) and two different methods (photography and CCD) have been used. The description consists of characteristics of observing methods, measurements and calculations.

In total, 3737 precise positions of comets have been obtained. These were continually published first in the International Astronomical Union Circulars and later on in the Minor Planet Circulars. Complete data together with the lists of reference stars and dependences were published in the journal Contributions of the Astronomical Observatory Skalnaté Pleso. A list of collaborators is also given, together with their part in photographing, measuring and reducing the positions.

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