In the previous parts of our series (Weinberger et al. 1995: Paper I (literature search for all optical galaxies within ); Seeberger et al. 1996: Paper II (, ); and Lercher et al. 1996: Paper III (, )) we explained the considerable significance of studies of the extragalactic sky in the "zone of avoidance" (ZOA) of the Galaxy. Furthermore, we described our search methods, the material where our surveys for optically visible galaxies have been carried out, and presented extensive compilations including dicussions of our findings in selected regions. In other papers, we also demonstrated the usefulness of our data for investigations at 21 cm that led, e.g., to better insights in the radial velocity distribution of galaxies in the area , (Seeberger et al. 1994) or to the discovery of two close (3 Mpc) galaxies in the ZOA (Huchtmeier et al. 1995), the more massive of which was also discovered by Kraan-Korteweg et al. 1994).
In this installment we present 1067 galaxy candidates discovered during our search of 500 square degrees in the region , on POSSI E (red-sensitive) prints. This material, although slightly inferior compared to the new POSSII as to limiting magnitude, but distinctly inferior as to resolution (fine-grain emulsion of the latter) has still to be used for search purposes, since the POSSII is not fully available yet.
Our future installments will comprise the results of our optical searches of i) the areas , and will also include , , ii) the area around the Circinus Galaxy , , iii) the areas , and iv) .