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Volume 406, Number 2, August I 2003
Page(s) 535 - 553
Section Galactic structure and dynamics
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20030679

A&A 406, 535-553 (2003)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20030679

The Hamburg/RASS Catalogue of optical identifications

Northern high-galactic latitude ROSAT Bright Source Catalogue X-ray sources
F.-J. Zickgraf1, D. Engels1, H.-J. Hagen1, D. Reimers1 and W. Voges2

1  Hamburger Sternwarte, Gojenbergsweg 112, 21029 Hamburg, Germany
2  Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Postfach 1312, 85741 Garching, Germany

(Received 2 August 2002 / Accepted 6 May 2003)

We present the Hamburg/RASS Catalogue (HRC) of optical identifications of X-ray sources at high-galactic latitude. The HRC includes all X-ray sources from the ROSAT Bright Source Catalogue (RASS-BSC) with galactic latitude $\vert b\vert \ge 30\degr$ and declination $\delta \ge 0\degr$. In this part of the sky covering ~10 000 deg 2 the RASS-BSC contains 5341 X-ray sources. For the optical identification we used blue Schmidt prism and direct plates taken for the northern hemisphere Hamburg Quasar Survey (HQS) which are now available in digitized form. The limiting magnitudes are 18.5 and 20, respectively. For 82% of the selected RASS-BSC an identification could be given. For the rest either no counterpart was visible in the error circle or a plausible identification was not possible. With ~42% AGN represent the largest group of X-ray emitters, ~31% have a stellar counterpart, whereas galaxies and cluster of galaxies comprise only ~4% and ~5%, respectively. In ~3% of the RASS-BSC sources no object was visible on our blue direct plates within 40´´ around the X-ray source position. The catalogue is used as a source for the selection of (nearly) complete samples of the various classes of X-ray emitters.

Key words: surveys -- X-rays: general -- X-rays: galaxies -- X-rays: stars -- galaxies: active -- galaxies: clusters: general

Offprint request: F.-J. Zickgraf, fzickgraf@hs.uni-hamburg.de

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