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Up: Penetrating the "zone

1. Introduction

In the previous parts of our series (Weinberger et al. 1995: Paper I (literature search for all optical galaxies within tex2html_wrap_inline883); Seeberger et al. 1996: Paper II (tex2html_wrap_inline885, tex2html_wrap_inline851); and Lercher et al. 1996: Paper III (tex2html_wrap_inline889, tex2html_wrap_inline891)) 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 tex2html_wrap_inline893, tex2html_wrap_inline891 (Seeberger et al. 1994) or to the discovery of two close (tex2html_wrap_inline8973 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 tex2html_wrap_inline849, tex2html_wrap_inline851 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 tex2html_wrap_inline903, tex2html_wrap_inline851 and will also include tex2html_wrap_inline907, tex2html_wrap_inline891, ii) the area around the Circinus Galaxy tex2html_wrap_inline911, tex2html_wrap_inline851, iii) the areas tex2html_wrap_inline915, tex2html_wrap_inline917 and iv) tex2html_wrap_inline919.

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