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Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 135, Number 3, March II 1999
Page(s) 511 - 529
Published online 15 March 1999
DOI: 10.1051/aas:1999188

Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 135, 511-529

The Hamburg/SAO Survey for Emission-Line Galaxies

I. A First List of 70 Galaxies

A.V. Ugryumov1 - D. Engels2 - V.A. Lipovetsky1[*] - H.-J. Hagen2 - U. Hopp3,8 - S.A. Pustilnik1 - A.Yu. Kniazev1 - G. Richter 4 - Yu.I. Izotov5 - C.C. Popescu6,7

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1 - Special Astrophysical Observatory, Nizhnij Arkhyz, Karachai-Circessia 357147, Russia
2 - Hamburger Sternwarte, Gojenbergswerg 112, D-21029 Hamburg, Germany
3 - Universitäts-Sternwarte, Scheiner Str. 1, D-81679 München, Germany
4 - Astrophysikalisches Institut Potsdam, An der Sternwarte 16, D-14482 Potsdam, Germany
5 - Main Astronomical Observatory, Goloseevo, Kiev-22 252650, Ukraine
6 - Max-Planck Institut für Kernphysik, Saupfercheckweg 1, D-69117 Heidelberg, Germany
7 - The Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy, Str. Cutitul de Argint 5, 75212 Bucharest, Romania
8 - Visiting astronomer at Calar Alto Observatory, Spain

Received August 28; accepted November 23, 1998


We present first results[*] of the Hamburg/SAO Survey for Emission-Line Galaxies (HSS therein, SAO - Special Astrophysical Observatory, Russia) which is based on the digitized objective-prism photoplates database of the Hamburg Quasar Survey (HQS). The main goal of this survey is the search for emission-line galaxies (ELG) in order to create a new deep sample of blue compact galaxies (BCG) in a large sky area. Another important goal of this work is to search for new extremely low-metallicity galaxies. We present the first results of spectroscopy obtained with the 2.2m telescope at the German-Spanish Observatory at Calar Alto, and with the 6m telescope at the Russian Special Astrophysical Observatory. The primary ELG candidate selection criteria applied were a blue continuum (near $\lambda$ 4000 Å) and the presence of emission lines close to $\lambda$ 5000 Å recognized on digitized prism spectra of galaxies with magnitudes in the range B = $16\hbox{$.\!\!^{\rm m}$}0 - 19\hbox{$.\!\!^{\rm m}$}5$. The spectroscopy resulted in the detection or/and quantitative spectral classification of 74 emission-line objects. Of them 55 are newly discovered, and 19 were already known as galaxies before. 11 of the latter have redshifts and are known ELGs. For most of the known galaxies emission line ratios were measured for the first time and an improved classification is presented. 47 objects are classified as BCGs, one as Sy2 galaxy, six as possible LINERs, and four as new QSOs. The remaining galaxies do not show significant H${\beta}$ and [OIII]$\lambda\lambda$4959, 5007 Å emission lines, and are likely either low-ionization starburst or dwarf amorphous nuclear starburst galaxies.

Key words: surveys -- galaxies: fundamental parameters -- galaxies: distances and redshifts -- galaxies: starburst -- galaxies: compact

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