Revised classification of the SBS carbon star candidates including the discovery of a new emission line dwarf carbon star⋆,⋆⋆,⋆⋆⋆
1 Department of PhysicsUniversity La Sapienza, Piazza A.Moro, 00185 Roma, Italy
2 V. A. Ambartsumian Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO) and Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, Armenian Branch, Byurakan 0213, Aragatzotn province, Armenia
3 Armenian State Pedagogical Uniiversity After Kh. Abovyan and Isaac Newton Institute of Chile, Armenian Branch, Armenia
Received: 13 February 2011
Accepted: 23 June 2011
Context. Faint high-latitude carbon stars are rare objects commonly thought to be distant, luminous giants. For this reason, they are often used to probe the structure of the Galactic halo; however, more accurate investigation of photometric and spectroscopic surveys has revealed an increasing percentage of nearby objects with luminosities of main sequence stars.
Aims. In the General Catalogue of the Second Byurakan Survey (SBS) only ten objects are indicated as carbon star candidates. This work aims at clarifying the nature of these stars.
Methods. We analyzed new optical spectra and photometry and used astronomical databases available on the web.
Results. We verified that two stars are N-type giants already confirmed by other surveys. We found that four candidates are M type stars and confirmed the carbon nature of the remaining four stars; the characteristics of three of them are consistent with an early CH giant type. The fourth candidate, SBS 1310+561 identified with a high proper motion star, is a rare type of dwarf carbon showing emission lines in its optical spectrum. We estimated absolute magnitudes and distances to the dwarf carbon and the three CH stars.
Conclusions. Our limited sample confirmed the increasing evidence that spectroscopy or colour alone are not conclusive luminosity discriminants for CH-type carbon stars.
Key words: surveys / stars: carbon / stars: individual: SBS 1310+561
Based on observations made at the 1.52 m telescope of the Bologna Observatory and 1.83 m telescope of the Asiago Observatory.
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The spectra (ascii files) are only available at CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (188.8.131.52) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/532/A69
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