The BELISSIMA conference -- Belgrade, 18-21 September 2012

The Management board of the BELISSIMA project is pleased to announce the BELISSIMA conference to be held in Belgrade from 18 to 21 September 2012 in Belgrade. The conference “Future Science With Metre-Class Telescopes” will gather experts who will explore present day and future opportunities and most promising science questions that can be addressed using metre-class telescopes.

The conference is announced at the International Astronomy Meetings list here.

(Original news: 04/05/2012)

Update (23/06/2012): The BELISSIMA conference is now also announced at the site of one of the leading European journals for astronomy, Astronomy & Astrophysics: the link is here.


Last Updated on Saturday, 23 June 2012 17:09

BELISSIMA and the "Milanković" telescope in "Danica 2012"


Vuk Karadžić Foundation from Belgrade published the Serbian illustrated almanac “Danica“ for the year 2012. This is the 19th year of the new series of this publication: the original “Danica” (“The Day Star”) was initiated by Serbian linguist and major reformer of the Serbian language Vuk Karadžić in Vienna in 1825.  This almanac is widely distributed in Serbia (among others, all school libraries receive a copy of it) and abroad.

In the section “Astronomy” of the almanac, the article “The Rambling Planets” by the coordinator of the BELISSIMA project, Dr. Srdjan Samurović was published. In this contribution the research of the exoplanets which are very distant from their stars, “lonely” planets, was described. One possible way of their detection are the so called “microlensing” observations: this type of observations will be possible with the 1.5 meter “Milanković” telescope to be mounted at the Vidojevica mountain.


Last Updated on Monday, 12 March 2012 12:21

Presentations from the BELISSIMA Workshop


The first BELISSIMA workshop "Science with 1.5 m telescopes"  was held in Belgrade from 13 to 14 October 2011 and approximately 50 participants took part in it. The final program is here, and the presentations are given below.

S. Samurović (srdjan @ The BELISSIMA project

J. Nuspl (nuspl @ What are those astrophysical questions we should/can answer by these telescopes?

F.V. Hessman (Hessman @ Astro.physik.Uni-Goettingen.DE):  The Search for the Planet Tatooine with a 1.2m Telescope

R. Poleski (rpoleski @ The Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment - large-scale survey with 1.3 m telescope

M. Weber (mweber @ High-resolution spectroscopy using 1.5m class robotic telescopes

W.W. Zeilinger ( werner.zeilinger @ Remote Control Observations at the FOA 1.5m Telescope

I. Steele (iainsteele @ Robotic Science with the Liverpool Telescope

A. Cellino (cellino @ Photometric and polarimetric projects for small telescopes

R. Bachev (bachevr @ Multicolor photometric monitoring of AGN's with small telescopes

P. Kubanek (pet r @ RTS2 - brief history, modules, philosophy

M. Bogosavljević, O. Vince (mbogosavljevic @, ovince @ Vidojevica Progress Report

A. Mahabal (aam @ Optimal transient classification with 1-2 m class telescopes

T. Borkovits (borko @ Speckle astrometry with the 1.5m telescope. A key for determination of the spatial configuration of close hierarchical triple systems

O. Demircan (demircan @ Photometric observations and future projects with Çanakkale 1.5 m Telescope

L. Morelli (lorenzo.morelli @ Science with the telescopes of the Asiago observatory

J. Danziger (danziger @  SN1987A and its impact on supernova research

S. Guziy (gss @ The BOOTES world-wide Network of Robotic Telescopes

Lj. Skuljan (ljiljana.s @ Photometry in crowded fields & using PyRAF in data reduction



Photo: M. Dačić


The CD-ROM with the presentations from the BELISSIMA Workshop was printed in 2013 by the Astronomical observatory of Belgrade using the funds of the BELISSIMA project (ISBN: 978-86-80019-59-8) and is available from the coordinator of BELISSIMA.

The editors are: Srdjan Samurović, Nemanja Martinović and Branislav Vukotić.

(Original news: 04/11/2011)




Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 09:04


The BELISSIMA project supported the Balkan Summer Institute 2011. The program is given here and the poster is here. The seminar of the SEENET-MTP network for Teachers "Trends in Modern Physics" will be held from August 19 to August 21 in Niš. Among the lecturers there is Dr. Milan Bogosavljević and on Saturday August 20, the visit of the participants to the Astronomical station Vidojevica is planned and the lecture by Dr. Oliver Vince (about the 60-cm telescope mounted on Vidojevica and the plans of the purchase of the 1.50-m telescope which will be mounted in the vicinity) and the lecture of Dr. Bogosavljević (on the usage of modern robotic telescopes) will be organized. Astronomical observations with the 60-cm telescope are also planned.



Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2011 08:58

The team of BELISSIMA at „Meteor 2011 Távcsöves Találkozó” - “Meeting of the members of the Hungarian Astronomical Association with telescopes, 2011“


From 27th to 31st of July, 2011, the Hungarian Astronomical Association organized traditional annual meeting at Tarján, Hungary, which gathers both amateur and professional astronomers, the members of the association, and everyone interested in astronomy. Many of the participants brought their own telescopes in hope that they will have clear skies for observation on a site where the light pollution is low.


Approximately 300 people participated in the meeting. The organizers of the meeting scheduled for each day of the meeting an interesting set of lectures. Two particapants of the BELISSIMA project, Dr. Oliver Vince and Ms. Monika Jurković, were invited to present the Belgrade Astronomical Observatory's past, present and future, and to talk about the BELISSIMA project. The lecture was presented on 29th of July with the title “65L: Astronomy in Belgrade, the BELISSIMA Project, and the Astronomical Station Vidojevica”.


After the lectures the participants of the BELISSIMA project had the opportunity to talk to people present at the meeting. They talked with Tibor Horváth, from the Hegyháti Observatory Foundation, in Hegyhátsál, Hungary. He described his experience on the construction of the observatory in Hegyhátsál, for which they have received money from an EU project to build a 50 cm Ritchey-Chrétien telescope, and after a longer struggle of few years they have managed to collect enough money to build a suitable building where they can put their telescope.


Dr. Vince and Ms. Jurković have talked to András Dán, from the company GEMINI Bt., whose main activity is building mechanics and software for guiding telescopes. His very successful projects are, for example, the above mentioned telescope in Hegyhátsál, the automatic 40 cm telescope at Astronomical Station Piszkéstető, or the 40 cm telescope in the Observatory in Szeged, Hungary.


They also had the chance to talk to the leader of the HAT (Hungarian Automated Telescope) project, Dr. Gáspar Bakos, and one his close associates, Pál Sári, who constructed the whole mechanics of the telescopes used in the HAT project. The telescopes in the HAT project are much smaller dimensions than the ”Milankovic” telescope, but their instruments work almost completely autonomously on 4 continents. The collaborators of the HAT project have written a software for precise determination of the weather conditions, without any human interaction, taking into account all available data from the local meteorological station .


Dr. László L. Kiss, deputy director of the Konkoly Thege Miklós Astronomical Research Institute, expressed his will to Dr. Vince and Ms. Jurković to come to visit the Astronomical Observatory of Belgrade, and give a lecture about the KEPLER space telescope and the possible collaboration.


Dr. Tibor Hegedűs, from the observatory in Baja brought an inflatable planetarium. With him his experiences, and difficulties in the automatization of their instruments were discussed.



Ms. Monica Jurković presents her talk at the Tarján meeting.



Ms. Monica Jurković presents her talk at the Tarján meeting.


Last Updated on Friday, 12 August 2011 10:43

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