Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 140, 327-344
Fundamental plane distances to early-type field galaxies in the
South Equatorial Strip
I. The spectroscopic data
K.R. Müller1 2 -
G. Wegner1 - S. Raychaudhury3 -
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1 - Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College, 6127 Wilder Laboratory,
Hanover, NH 03755, U.S.A.
European Southern Observatory and Space Telescope - European Coordinating Facility,
Karl Schwarzschild Str. 2, D-85748 Garching bei München, Germany
Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Ganeshkhind, Pune 411 007, India
Received June 25; accepted September 8, 1999
Radial velocities and central velocity dispersions are derived for 238 E/S0 galaxies from
New spectroscopic data have been obtained as part of a study of the Fundamental Plane
distances and peculiar motions of early-type galaxies in three selected directions of the South
Equatorial Strip, undertaken in order to investigate the reality of large-scale streaming motion;
results of this study have been reported in Müller et al. (1998).
The new APM South Equatorial Strip Catalog
was used to select the sample of field galaxies in three
directions: (1) 15h10 - 16h10; (2) 20h30 - 21h50; (3) 00h10 - 01h30.
The spectra obtained have a median S
of 23, an instrumental resolution
and the spectrograph resolution (dispersion) is
The Fourier cross-correlation method was used to derive the radial velocities and velocity
dispersions. The velocity dispersions have been corrected for the size of the aperture and for the
galaxy effective radius.
Comparisons of the derived radial velocities with data from the literature show that our values
are accurate to 40 km s-1
A comparison with results from J
rgensen et al. (1995) shows that the derived central
velocity dispersion have an rms scatter of 0.036 in
There is no offset relative to
the velocity dispersions of Davies et al. (1987).
Key words: techniques: spectroscopic --
galaxies: distances and redshifts --
galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD --
galaxies: fundamental parameters
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