UB CCD photometry of the old, metal rich, open clusters NGC 6791, NGC 6819 and NGC 7142

Research paper by G. Carraro, A. Buzzoni, E. Bertone, L. Buson

Indexed on: 16 Sep '13Published on: 16 Sep '13Published in: arXiv - Astrophysics - Astrophysics of Galaxies


We report on a UV-oriented imaging survey in the fields of the old, metal-rich open clusters, NGC 6791, NGC 6819 and NGC 7142. These three clusters represent both very near and ideal stellar aggregates to match the distinctive properties of the evolved stellar populations, as in elliptical galaxies and bulges of spirals. The CMD of the three clusters is analyzed in detail, with special emphasis to the hot stellar component. We report, in this regard, one new extreme horizontal-branch star candidate in NGC 6791. For NGC 6819 and 7142, the stellar luminosity function points to a looser radial distribution of faint lower Main Sequence stars, either as a consequence of cluster dynamical interaction with the Galaxy or as an effect of an increasing fraction of binary stars toward the cluster core, as actually observed in NGC 6791 too.

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