Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 116, Number 3, May 1 1996
|Page(s)||429 - 445|
|Published online||15 May 1996|
Morphological classification and structural parameters for early-type galaxies in the Coma cluster *
CNRS–URA 285, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, 14 Avenue E. Belin, F-31400 Toulouse, France
2 O.C.A., Observatoire de Nice, B.P. 229, F-06304 Nice Cedex 4, France
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Accepted: 27 September 1995
We present the results of an isophotal shape analysis of three samples of galaxies in the Coma cluster. Quantitative morphology, together with structural and photometric parameters, is given for each galaxy. Special emphasis has been placed on the detailed classification of early-type galaxies. The three samples are: i) a sample of 97 early-type galaxies brighter than mB = 17.00 falling within one degree from the center of the Coma cluster; these galaxies were observed with CCD cameras, mostly in good to excellent resolution conditions; ii) a magnitude complete sample of 107 galaxies of all morphological types down to mB = 17.00 falling in a circular region of 50 arcmin diameter, slightly offcentered to the North-West of the cluster center; the images for this and the next sample come from digitized photographic plates; iii) a complete comparison sample of 26 galaxies of all morphological types down to mR = 16.05 (or mB 17.5), also in a region of 50 arcmin diameter, but centered 2.6 degrees West of the cluster center. The reliability of our morphological classifications and structural parameters of galaxies, down to the adopted magnitude limits, is assessed by comparing the results on those galaxies for which we had images taken with different instrumentation and/or seeing conditions, and by comparing our results with similar data from other observers.
Key words: galaxies: clusters: individual: Coma / galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD / galaxies: fundamental parameters
Based on observations made with the 2-meter Télescope Bernard Lyot of Pic-du-Midi Observatory, operated by INSU (CNRS), with the 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawaii telescope, operated by the National Research Council of Canada, The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique of France and the University of Hawaii, U.S.A., and with the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory, operated by AURA
© European Southern Observatory (ESO), 1996