MPC station 048 Hradec Kralove (15°50'26".88 E, 50°10'38".42 N, 272.76 m) is located in a small observing house near the local Observatory and Planetarium on the ridge of kopce Svateho Jana (St.John Hill) close the southern suburb of Hradec Kralove - regional capital of eastern Bohemia. The place selected for the building of observatory is the most beautiful with breathtaking view opens to the west onto the lowlands of river Labe and to the south on a smooth valley with small lakes Biricka, Cikan, Datlik and Roudnicka. The quality of the sky is average or a little worse. City with over 100.000 inhabitants and the nearby city quarters Novy Hradec and Roudnicka interferes with the view on the heaven by light pollution. There are also occasional problems with worse seeing. But within a year we have a several fine nights with zenith limiting magnitude about 65.
The main telescope of the MPC station 048 is Newtonian reflector 400/1967 on a automated German equatorial mount (Jan Sindel Telescope). It was built during 2002 in cooperation of the Hradec Kralove Observatory and Planetarium (HPHK) and Astronomical Society in Hradec Kralove (ASHK). Telescope time is used for pohotometry of variable stars and AGNs, pohotometry of minor planets of Eos family and for astrometry of comets and minor planets. At the present time the telescope is equipped with a CCD camera G2-1600 + BVRcIc band filters. Camera sensor Kodak KAF 1603 ME have a 1536 x 1024 px and the effective field of view is about 24' x 16' and the size of each pixel is 1".9 x 1".9 (binning 2x2). CCD frames are acquired using SIMS software. Measurement of the precise positions are done using APHOT - professional software developed for Ondrejov observatory (MPC 557).
History: 2002-2002 CCD SBIG ST7 + CCDOPS 3.51 + Astrometrica 3.2 (first observation of the new era of MPC 048 - comet C/2002 T1 (LINEAR) 04.10.2002), 2002-2009
CCD SBIG ST7 + CCDOPS 3.51 and 5.49 + APHOT 1.3 (USNO-A 2.0), 2009-2010 CCD camera ST7 + CCDSoft 5.00 + APHOT 1.3 (UCAC2), 2010-present CCD G2-1600 + SIMS 1.1.7 + APHOT 1.3 (UCAC3)