Volume 421, Number 3, July III 2004
|Page(s)||991 - 999|
|Section||Galactic structure, stellar clusters, and populations|
|Published online||29 June 2004|
Improvements on the fundamental parameters of the open cluster Tombaugh 1 through Washington system photometry
Instituto de Astronomía y Física del Espacio, CC 67, Suc. 28, 1428, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 Observatorio Astronómico, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Laprida 854, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina e-mail: [claria;andrea]@mail.oac.uncor.edu
Corresponding author: A. E. Piatti, email@example.com
Accepted: 31 March 2004
We present CCD photometry in the Washington system C and T1 passbands down to mag in the field of Tombaugh 1, a little studied open cluster located in the third Galactic quadrant. We measured T1 magnitudes and colours for a total of 1351 stars distributed throughout an area of . A cluster radius of was estimated from star counts in 100-pixel a side boxes distributed throughout the entire observed field. Based on the best fits of isochrones computed by the Geneva group for Z = 0.008 to the T1 vs. colour–magnitude diagram, we derive a colour excess = , equivalent to , a distance of () kpc from the Sun and an age of 1.3 Gyr. The latter value is in good agreement with that derived from the independent metallicity δT1 index defined in Geisler et al. (1997, AJ, 114, 1920). An independent metallicity estimation using the [ , ] plane with the standard giant branches of Geisler & Sarajedini (1999, AJ, 117, 308) yields dex, a value which lends support to the one obtained from the isochrone fit. Tombaugh 1 is then found to be a relatively metal-poor intermediate-age open cluster.
Key words: Galaxy: open clusters and associations: individual: Tombaugh 1 / Galaxy: general / techniques: photometric
© ESO, 2004
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