Published in 2007 ApJS, 170, 33-70.

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MARKARIAN GALAXIES. I. THE OPTICAL DATABASE AND ATLAS

Artashes Petrosian 1,3, Brian McLean 2, Ronald J. Allen 2 and John W. MacKenty 2


1 Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory and Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, Armenian Branch, Byurakan 378433, Armenia; artptrs@yahoo.com
2 Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD 21218; mclean@stsci.edu, rjallen@stsci.edu, mackenty@stsci.edu
3 Visiting Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD 21218


Abstract. A database for the entire Markarian catalog is presented that combines extensive new measurements of their optical parameters with a literature and database search. The measurements were made using images extracted from the STScI Digitized Sky Survey (DSS) of Fpg(red) and Jpg(blue) band photographic sky survey plates obtained by the Palomar and UK Schmidt telescopes. We provide accurate coordinates, morphological type, spectral and activity classes, red and blue apparent magnitudes, apparent diameters, axial ratios, and position angles, as well as number counts of neighboring objects in a circle of radius 50 kpc. Special attention was paid to the individual descriptions of the galaxies in the original Markarian lists, which clarified many cases of misidentifications of the objects, particularly among interacting systems, larger galaxies with knots of star formation, possible stars, and cases of stars projected on galaxies. The total number of individual Markarian objects in the database is now 1544. We also include redshifts that are now available for 1524 objects with UV-excess radiation, as well as galactic color excess E(B - V) values and their 2MASS or DENIS infrared magnitudes. The database also includes extensive notes that summarize information about the membership of Markarian galaxies in different systems of galaxies and about new and revised activity classes and redshifts. An atlas of several interesting subclasses of Markarian galaxies is also presented.

Keywords: astronomical data bases: miscellaneous; atlases; galaxies: active; galaxies: interactions; galaxies: starburst


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

THE DATA
The Markarian Survey
Compiled Parameters for Markarian Galaxies
Measured Parameters for Markarian Galaxies

THE OPTICAL DATABASE

THE ATLAS

REFERENCES

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