EDP Sciences
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Volume 495, Number 3, March I 2009
Page(s) 1033 - 1060
Section Catalogs and data
DOI https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:200811102
Published online 14 January 2009
A&A 495, 1033-1060 (2009)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:200811102

An optical spectroscopic survey of the 3CR sample of radio galaxies with z < 0.3

I. Presentation of the data
S. Buttiglione1, A. Capetti2, A. Celotti1, D. J. Axon3, M. Chiaberge4, 5, F. D. Macchetto4, and W. B. Sparks4

1  SISSA-ISAS, via Beirut 2-4, 34014 Trieste, Italy
    e-mail: buttigli@sissa.it
2  INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Torino, Strada Osservatorio 20, 10025 Pino Torinese, Italy
3  Department of Physics, Rochester Institute of Technology, 85 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
4  Space Telescope Science Institute, 3700 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA
5  INAF-IRA, Via P. Gobetti 101, 40129 Bologna, Italy

Received 7 October 2008 / Accepted 18 December 2008

We present a homogeneous and 92% complete dataset of optical nuclear spectra for the 113 3CR radio sources with redshifts <0.3, obtained with the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo. For these sources we could obtain uniform and uninterrupted coverage of the key spectroscopic optical diagnostics. The observed sample, including powerful classical FR II radio-galaxies and FR I, together spanning four orders of magnitude in radio-luminosity, provides a broad representation of the spectroscopic properties of radio galaxies. In this first paper we present an atlas of the spectra obtained, provide measurements of the diagnostic emission line ratios, and identify active nuclei with broad line emission. These data will be used in follow-up papers to address the connection between the optical spectral characteristics and the multiwavelength properties of the sample.

Key words: galaxies: active -- galaxies: jets -- galaxies: elliptical and lenticular, cD -- galaxies: nuclei

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