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Title: DIRECT Distances to Nearby Galaxies Using Detached Eclipsing Binaries and Cepheids. V. Variables in the Field M31F

Abstract: We undertook a long term project, DIRECT, to obtain the direct distances to two important galaxies in the cosmological distance ladder -- M31 and M33 -- using detached eclipsing binaries (DEBs) and Cepheids. While rare and difficult to detect, DEBs provide us with the potential to determine these distances with an accuracy better than 5%. The extensive photometry obtained in order to detect DEBs provides us with good light curves for the Cepheid variables. These are essential to the parallel project to derive direct Baade-Wesselink distances to Cepheids in M31 and M33. For both Cepheids and eclipsing binaries, the distance estimates will be free of any intermediate steps.
As a first step in the DIRECT project, between September 1996 and October 1997 we obtained 95 full/partial nights on the F. L. Whipple Observatory 1.2 m telescope and 36 full nights on the Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT 1.3 m telescope to search for DEBs and new Cepheids in the M31 and M33 galaxies. In this paper, fifth in the series, we present the catalog of variable stars found in the field M31F $[(\alpha,\delta)= (10.\arcdeg10, 40.\arcdeg72), J2000.0]$. We have found 64 variable stars: 4 eclipsing binaries, 52 Cepheids and 8 other periodic, possible long period or non-periodic variables. The catalog of variables, as well as their photometry and finding charts, is available via anonymous ftp and the World Wide Web. The complete set of the CCD frames is available upon request.
Comments: submitted to the Astronomical Journal, 31 pages, 18 figures; paper and data available at this ftp URL and through WWW at this http URL
Subjects: Astrophysics (astro-ph)
Journal reference: Astron.J. 118 (1999) 2211
DOI: 10.1086/301081
Cite as: arXiv:astro-ph/9904343
  (or arXiv:astro-ph/9904343v1 for this version)

Submission history

From: Krzysztof Stanek [view email]
[v1] Sat, 24 Apr 1999 18:28:36 GMT (314kb)