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2000ApJS..126..133W The FIRST Bright Quasar Survey. II. 60 Nights and 1200 Spectra Later Richard L. White, Robert H. Becker, Michael D. Gregg, Sally A. Laurent-Muehleisen, Michael S. Brotherton, Chris D. Impey, Catherine E. Petry, Craig B. Foltz, Frederic H. Chaffee, Gordon T. Richards, William R. Oegerle, David J. Helfand, Richard G. McMahon, and Juan E. Cabanela Received 1999 February 9; accepted 1999 July 12 ABSTRACT We have used the Very Large Array (VLA) FIRST survey and the Automated Plate Measuring Facility (APM) catalog of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey I (POSS-I) plates as the basis for constructing a new radio-selected sample of optically bright quasars. This is the first radio-selected sample that is competitive in size with current optically selected quasar surveys. Using only two basic criteria, radio-optical positional coincidence and optical morphology, quasars and BL Lac objects can be identified with 60% selection efficiency; the efficiency increases to 70% for objects fainter than 17 mag. We show that a more sophisticated selection scheme can predict with better than 85% reliability which candidates will turn out to be quasars. This paper presents the second installment of the FIRST Bright Quasar Survey (FBQS), with a catalog of 636 quasars distributed over 2682 deg^2^. The quasar sample is characterized and all spectra are displayed. The FBQS detects both radio-loud and radio-quiet quasars out to redshift z > 3. We find a large population of objects of intermediate radio loudness; there is no evidence in our sample for a bimodal distribution of radio characteristics. The sample includes ~29 broad absorption line quasars, both high and low ionization, and a number of new objects with remarkable optical spectra. Subject headings: BL Lacertae objects: general-galaxies: active -galaxies: starburst-quasars: general-radio continuum: galaxies
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