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Rozhen Observatory, 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 . 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.Take a look at our Rozhen trip planner to schedule your visit to National Astronomical Observatory at Rozhen and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Telescopes 200 cm Ritchey-Chretien telescope 60 cm Cassegrain telescope 50/70 cm Schmidt camera 15 cm Solar telescope
Transit Timing Variation (TTV), a variation on the transit method, was used to discover an exoplanet WASP-3c by Rozhen Observatory, Jena Observatory, and Toruń Centre for Astronomy.
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As an astronomy enthusiast it was amazing to be able to visit Rozhen's Observatory. It's old and it seemed the government does not sponsor it (looked almost abandoned). However, the base they have is.... more
As an astronomy enthusiast it was amazing to be able to visit Rozhen's Observatory. It's old and it seemed the government does not sponsor it (looked almost abandoned). However, the base they have is.... more »
Awesome observatory in the middle of the mountains. English speaking guide and tickets are 5 lev. The road to get there is interesting but not hard. Dogs are not allowed to enter the areal. Check their website as well, sometimes you can sing up for night tour where you can actually check the stars with the telescope in real time.
A nice and interesting place, with a great view from the tower. There is a short lecture by one of the astronomers who work there (fee of 3 to 5 LV, depending on your age - if you are a student, retired etc). The road leading to the observatory is pretty bad, therefore one star less.
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