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J/A+A/495/807     Shape parameters for 650 open clusters     (Kharchenko+, 2009)

Shape parameters of the Galactic open clusters. Kharchenko N.V., Berczik P., Petrov M.I., Piskunov A.E., Schilbach E., Roeser S., Scholz R.-D. <Astron. Astrophys. 495, 807 (2009)> =2009A&A...495..807K
ADC_Keywords: Clusters, open ; Morphology Keywords: Galaxy: open clusters and associations: general - solar neighbourhood - Galaxy: stellar content Abstract: Ellipticities have been determined for only a few tens of open clusters. We derive the observed and modelled shape parameters (apparent ellipticity and orientation of the ellipse) of 650 Galactic open clusters identified in the ASCC-2.5 catalogue (Kharchenko, 2001, Cat. I/280). Description: The table presents shape parameters (ellipticity and ellipse orientation angle) of 650 Galactic open clusters. The parameters are derived from distributions of the most probable cluster members. The clusters are a sample of the Catalogue of Open Cluster Data and their members are selected from the high-precision, homogeneous all-sky catalogue ASCC-2.5 (Kharchenko, 2001, Cat. I/280). The clusters in the table are sorted according to their order in the COCD. File Summary:
FileName Lrecl Records Explanations
ReadMe 80 . This file table.dat 111 650 Ellipticities and orientation angles for 650 open clusters
See also: I/280 : All-sky Compiled Catalogue of 2.5 million stars (Kharchenko 2001) B/ocl : Optically visible open clusters and Candidates (Dias+ 2002-2007) J/A+A/438/1163 : Catalogue of Open cluster Data (COCD) (Kharchenko+, 2005) J/A+A/440/403 : 109 new Galactic open clusters (COCD1) (Kharchenko+, 2005) Byte-by-byte Description of file: table.dat
Bytes Format Units Label Explanations
1- 4 I4 --- COCD [1/1130] COCD number (1-520, 1001-1130) 7- 23 A17 --- Name Cluster designation (NGC, IC or other) 25- 31 F7.2 deg GLON Galactic longitude 32- 38 F7.2 deg GLAT Galactic latitude 39- 45 F7.2 deg lambda Aspect angle in Galactic longitude (1) 46- 52 F7.2 deg beta Aspect angle in Galactic latitude (1) 53- 60 F8.3 mag m-M Distance modulus 61- 66 F6.2 mag E(B-V) Colour-excess 67- 72 I6 pc Dist Distance 73- 78 F6.2 [yr] logt Logarithm of age 79- 84 F6.1 pc r2 Linear cluster radius 85- 89 I5 --- n2 Number of the most probable cluster members 90- 95 F6.2 --- e Ellipticity 96-101 F6.2 --- e_e rms error of the ellipticity 102-106 I5 deg q Orientation angle between the Galactic plane and the largest principal axis of the ellipse 107-111 I5 deg e_q rms error of the orientation angle
Note (1): The aspect angle λ is the angle between the projections of the heliocentric et galactocentric vectors of a cluster, and β the angle between the projections of the 2 vectors onto the meridional place of a cluster.
Acknowledgements: Ralf-Dieter Scholz, rdscholz(at)
(End) Patricia Vannier [CDS] 22-Jan-2009
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