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|Proper motion determination of open clusters based on the UCAC2 catalogue|
We present the kinematics of hundreds of open clusters, based on theUCAC2 Catalogue positions and proper motions. Membership probabilitieswere obtained for the stars in the cluster fields by applying astatistical method uses stellar proper motions. All open clusters withknown distance were investigated, and for 75 clusters this is the firstdetermination of the mean proper motion. The results, including the DSSimages of the cluster's fields with the kinematic members marked, areincorporated in the Open Clusters Catalogue supported on line by ourgroup.
|Revisiting the population of Galactic open clusters|
We present results of a study of the galactic open cluster populationbased on the all-sky catalogue ASCC-2.5 (I/280A) compiled from Tycho-2,Hipparcos and other catalogues. The sample of optical clusters fromASCC-2.5 is complete up to about 850 pc from the Sun. The symmetry planeof the clusters' distribution is determined to be at Z_0=-22±4pc, and the scale height of open clusters is only 56±3 pc. Thetotal surface density and volume density in the symmetry plane areΣ= 114 kpc-2 and D(Z_0)=1015 kpc-3,respectively. We find the total number of open clusters in the Galacticdisk to be of order of 105 at present. Fluctuations in thespatial and velocity distributions are attributed to the existence offour open cluster complexes (OCCs) of different ages containing up to afew tens of clusters. Members in an OCC show the same kinematicbehaviour, and a narrow age spread. We find, that the youngest clustercomplex, OCC 1 (log t<7.9), with 19 deg inclination to the Galacticplane, is apparently a signature of Gould's Belt. The most abundant OCC2 complex has moderate age (log t≈8.45). The clusters of thePerseus-Auriga group, having the same age as OCC 2, but differentkinematics are seen in breaks between Perseus-Auriga clouds. The oldest(log t≈8.85) and sparsest group was identified due to a large motionin the Galactic anticentre direction. Formation rate and lifetime ofopen clusters are found to be 0.23±0.03 kpc-2Myr-1 and 322±31 Myr, respectively. This implies atotal number of cluster generations in the history of the Galaxy between30 to 40. We estimate that less than about 10% of the total Galacticstellar disk population has ever passed an open cluster membership.
|Astrophysical parameters of Galactic open clusters|
We present a catalogue of astrophysical data for 520 Galactic openclusters. These are the clusters for which at least three most probablemembers (18 on average) could be identified in the ASCC-2.5, a catalogueof stars based on the Tycho-2 observations from the Hipparcos mission.We applied homogeneous methods and algorithms to determine angular sizesof cluster cores and coronae, heliocentric distances, mean propermotions, mean radial velocities, and ages. For the first time we derivedistances for 200 clusters, radial velocities for 94 clusters, and agesof 196 clusters. This homogeneous new parameter set is compared withearlier determinations, where we find, in particular, that the angularsizes were systematically underestimated in the literature.
|A study of the two northern open clusters NGC 1582 and NGC 1663|
We present CCD UBV(I)C observations obtained in the field ofthe previously unstudied northern open clusters NGC 1582 and NGC 1663.For the former, we also provide high-resolution spectra of the brighteststars and complement our data with Two-Micron All-Sky-Survey (2MASS)near-infrared photometry and with astrometric data from the Tycho-2catalog. From the analysis of all these data, we argue that NGC 1582 isa very poor, quite large and heavily contaminated open cluster. It turnsout to have a reddening EB-V = 0.35 +/- 0.03, to be situated1100 +/- 100 pc from the Sun and to have an age of 300 +/- 100 Myr. Onthe other hand, we were not able to unambiguously clarify the nature ofNGC 1663. By assuming it is a real cluster and from the analysis of itsphotometric diagrams, we found a color excess value EB-V =0.20, an intermediate age value ( ~ 2000 Myr) and a distance of about700 pc. The distribution of the stars in the region however suggests weare probably facing an open cluster remnant. As an additional result, weobtained aperture photometry of three previously unclassified galaxiesplaced in the field of NGC 1663 and performed a preliminarymorphological classification of them.Based on observations carried out at Mt Ekar, Asiago, Italy.Data are only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftpto cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (22.214.171.124) or viahttp://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/407/527
|A Star-Hop from Capella|
|Catalogue of Eclipsing and Spectroscopic Binary Stars in the Regions of Open Clusters|
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