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Volume 387, Number 1, May III 2002
Page(s) 1 - 7
Section Extragalactic astronomy
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361:20020190

A&A 387, 1-7 (2002)
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361:20020190

Serendipitous detection of galaxies behind the Milky Way from the DENIS survey

I. Vauglin1, J. Rousseau1, G. Paturel1, J. Borsenberger2, N. Epchtein3, P. Fouqué4, S. Kimeswenger5, T. Le Bertre6 and G. A. Mamon2, 7

1  CRAL-Observatoire de Lyon, 69561 Saint-Genis Laval Cedex, France
2  Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, 98 bis Bld Arago, 75014 Paris, France
3  Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Dept. Fresnel, 06304 Nice Cedex, France
4  European Southern Observatory, Casilla 19001, Santiago 19, Chile
5  Institut für Astronomie, Innsbruck University, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
6  Observatoire de Paris, 61 Av. de l'Observatoire, 75014 Paris, France
7  Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, 5 place Jules-Janssen, 92195 Meudon, France

(Received 27 June 2001 / Accepted 31 January 2002 )

A search has been undertaken at Lyon Observatory to identify, by eye, galaxy candidates at galactic latitudes lower than $\pm$15 degrees on the DENIS  J and K-band images. This paper presents a list of 2028 objects that were serendipitously detected throughout the DENIS survey. Cross-identification with galaxy entries in the LEDA Database has been performed. Comparison with the second release of the 2MASS survey led to a satisfactory agreement of  J band magnitudes (std. dev. = 0.3 mag). The distribution of galaxy candidates along the Galactic Plane shows a concentration near the galactic longitude $l=305 \ \deg$. As a by product of this inspection of  J and  K images some interesting galactic objects were found (star clusters and nebulae).

Key words: galaxies: general -- infrared: galaxies -- large-scale structure of Universe -- catalogs -- surveys -- dust, extinction

Offprint request: I. Vauglin, vauglin@obs.univ-lyon1.fr

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