Volume 442, Number 3, November II 2005
|Page(s)||917 - 924|
|Section||Galactic structure, stellar clusters, and populations|
|Published online||14 October 2005|
A photometric study of the old open clusters Berkeley 73, Berkeley 75 and Berkeley 25
Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 36-D, Santiago, Chile e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Astronomy Department, Yale University, PO Box 208101, New Haven, CT 06520-8101, USA
3 Universidad de Concepción, Departamento de Fisica, Casilla 160-C, Concepción, Chile
4 CAAUL, Observatório Astronómico de Lisboa, Tapada da Ajuda, 1349-018 Lisboa, Portugal
5 Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas de la UNLP, IALP-CONICET, Paseo del Bosque s/n, La Plata, Argentina
Accepted: 20 June 2005
CCD BVI photometry of the faint open clusters Berkeley 73, Berkeley 75 and Berkeley 25 are presented. The two latter are previously unstudied clusters to our knowledge. While Berkeley 73 is found to be of intermediate-age (about 1.5 Gyr old), Berkeley 75 and Berkeley 25 are old clusters, with ages greater than 3.0 Gyr. We provide also estimates of the clusters size. All these clusters lie far away from the Galactic Center, at kpc, and quite high on the Galactic plane, at kpc. They are therefore important targets to probe the properties of the structure of the Galaxy in this direction, where the Canis Major over-density has been discovered to be located.
Key words: open clusters and associations: individual: Berkeley 73, Berkeley 75, Berkeley 25 / open clusters and associations: general / Hertzprung-Russell (HR) and C-M diagrams
© ESO, 2005
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