Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
Faculty of Science
Masaryk University

Observatory at Kraví hora

Dome building Observatory at Kraví hora, located at the top of a small hill near Brno city centre, was founded by staff members of the former Astronomical Institute of the Masaryk University in 1948. The observatory building was finished together with the Brno Observatory and Planetarium complex. Till year 2020, observatory was operated by the Department of Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics of the Masaryk University. Major observing programme was focused to the photoelectric photometry of eclipsing binaries till 90's. Then the old PMT was replaced with CCD camera and the observing programme was extended to follow modern scientific objectives. We have completely reconstructed the telescope as well as its mount and the dome between years 2007-2012.

The facility is equipped by its own weather station that provides actual data on-line. The Web page is being updated every 5 minutes. MUO's dome and telescope can be operated remotely. Complete automation was achieved by the ProjectSoft company in September 2013.

Currently, the observatory is owned by the Brno Observatory and Planetarium.

Geographical coordinates: λ=16°35'0.6" (E), φ=49°12'16.2" (N)  Elevation: 305 m (ASL)


Observatory: panoramatic view of a autumn scene (author Tomáš Henych).