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2006A&A...453...91C - Astronomy and Astrophysics, volume 453, 91-99 (2006/7-1)

Photometric and Coravel observations of red giant candidates in three open clusters: membership, binarity, reddening and metallicity.


Abstract (from CDS):

We present new CORAVEL radial-velocity observations and photoelectric photometry in the UBV and DDO systems for a sample of potential members of the red-giant branches of NGC6192, NGC6208 and NGC6268, three open clusters projected close to the Galactic center direction. We also examine the properties of a sample of 42 inner disk open clusters projected towards almost the same direction as the three clusters. Cluster members and red field giants were discriminated by using the CORAVEL radial-velocity data and by applying two photometric criteria. Interstellar reddening and metal content of the clusters were derived from combined BV and DDO data. Cluster membership for five red giants in NGC6192, three in NGC6208 and three in NGC6268 has been confirmed by the analysis of the photometric and kinematic data. Photometric membership probabilities show very good agreement with those obtained from CORAVEL radial velocities. Three new spectroscopic binaries were discovered among the red giants of NGC6192 and NGC6208. Mean radial velocities and E(B-V) colour excesses were derived. The overall metallicities were found to be nearly solar for NGC6208 and above solar for NGC6192 and NGC6268. Most of the clusters located closer than 2kpc from the Sun in the considered direction are slightly more reddened than the absorption resulting from the Baade's window absorption law.

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Journal keyword(s): Galaxy: open clusters and associations: general - stars: binaries: spectroscopic - techniques: photometric - techniques: radial velocities - stars: abundances

Nomenclature: Table 2: Cl* NGC 6192 KF NNN (Nos 255, 265, 274) added.

Simbad objects: 84

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