Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser.
Volume 145, Number 2, August 2000
|Page(s)||229 - 242|
|Published online||15 August 2000|
A search for LSB dwarf galaxies in the M 81 group on digitally stacked Schmidt plates *
Thüringer Landessternwarte Tautenburg, Sternwarte 5, D-07778 Tautenburg, Germany e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com
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Accepted: 18 May 2000
We present a search for low surface brightness (LSB) dwarf galaxies in a region of 10 square degrees around M 81. The survey is based on the digital co-addition of Schmidt plates where algorithms for sub-arcsecond co-centering, quality-weighting and sigma-clipping “bad pixel” rejection are applied. The 3 σ surface brightness limit is . In a substantial fraction of the surveyed area, the detection of LSB objects is limited by “Galactic cirrus” rather than by the limiting magnitude of the stacked image. Optimum search parameters for an automated detection of dwarf galaxies are derived from simulations. The final selection of LSB dwarf candidates relies on a combination of automated detection and visual inspection. We present six new dwarf galaxy candidates with . Photometric data and best fitting parameters for the exponential model are derived both for the new candidates and for some previously known LSB dwarf galaxies in the field. For the most likely new dwarf member of the M 81 group, a central surface brightness of and a scale-length of 0.3 kpc are derived.
Key words: galaxies: clusters: individual: M 81 group / galaxies: general / galaxies: photometry / galaxies: fundamental parameters
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