A&A Supplement series, Vol. 127, February I 1997, 423-432
Received April 2; accepted May 23, 1997
A.E. Piatti - E. Bica - J.J. Clariá
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Observatorio Astronómico, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Laprida 854, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina
Instituto de Fısica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500, Caixa Postal 15051, CEP 91501-970, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
We study the compact open clusters Westerlund1 (BH197) and Westerlund2. We present CCD integrated spectroscopy for both clusters, and CCD imaging in the V and I bands for the former one. So far, Westerlund1 is possibly the most reddened open cluster studied in detail (). It has an age of 8 3 Myr and a distance from the Sun of kpc. For Westerlund2 we derive a visual absorption mag, an age of 2-3 Myr, and kpc. From luminosity and structural arguments we conclude that Westerlund1, although young and compact, it is a massive cluster, in contrast to Westerlund2.
keywords: open clusters: individual: Westerlund1, Westerlund2 -- open clusters: general