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Volume 376, Number 2, September II 2001
Page(s) 561 - 567
Section Formation, structure and evolution of stars
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20010980

A&A 376, 561-567 (2001)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20010980

A variable star survey of the open cluster M 37

L. L. Kiss1, 2, Gy. M. Szabó1, K. Sziládi1, 2, G. Furész1, K. Sárneczky3, 2 and B. Csák1, 4

1  Department of Experimental Physics and Astronomical Observatory, University of Szeged, Dóm tér 9., 6720 Szeged, Hungary
2  Guest Observer at Konkoly Observatory
3  Department of Physical Geography, ELTE University, 1088 Budapest, Ludovika tér 2., Hungary
4  Department of Optics & Quantum Electronics, University of Szeged, POB 406, 6701 Szeged, Hungary

(Received 19 March 2001 / Accepted 5 July 2001)

A CCD photometric study of the dense galactic open cluster M 37 is presented and discussed. The majority of the analysed data are time-series measurements obtained through an $R_{\rm C}$ filter. The observations were carried out on seven nights between December 1999 and February 2000, and have led to the discovery of 7 new variable stars in the field. Three of them have been unambiguously identified as W UMa-type eclipsing binaries, while two more are monoperiodic pulsating stars, most probably high-amplitude $\delta$ Scuti-type variables. The remaining two stars seem to be long-period eclipsing binaries without firm period determination. Johnson B and V frames have been used to construct a new colour-magnitude (CM) diagram of the cluster, and to find the locations of the new variable stars. The pulsating variables are most likely background objects. The CM diagram is fitted with recent isochrones yielding the main parameters of the cluster.

Key words: open clusters and associations: general -- open clusters and associations: individual: M 37 -- stars: variables: general -- stars: variables: $\delta$ Sct -- stars: binaries: eclipsing

Offprint request: L. L. Kiss, l.kiss@physx.u-szeged.hu

SIMBAD Objects in preparation

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