The KPNO International Spectroscopic Survey. III. [O iii]-Selected survey list

John J. Salzer, Caryl Gronwall, Vicki L. Sarajedini, Valentin A. Lipovetsky, Alexei Kniazev, J. Ward Moody, Todd A. Boroson, Trinh X. Thuan, Yuri I. Izotov, José L. Herrero, Lisa M. Frattare

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The KPNO International Spectroscopic Survey (KISS) is an objective-prism survey for extragalactic emission-line objects. It combines many of the features of previous slitless Spectroscopic surveys with the advantages of modern CCD detectors, and it is the first purely digital objective-prism survey for emission-line galaxies. Here we present the first list of emission-line galaxy candidates selected from our blue spectral data, which cover the wavelength range 4800-5500 ̊. In most cases, the detected emission line is [O III] λ5007. The current survey list covers a l°-wide strip located at δ = 29°30' (B1950.0) and spanning the right ascension range 8h30m to 17h0m. An area of 116.6 deg2 is covered. A total of 223 candidate emission-line objects have been selected for inclusion in the survey list (1.91 deg -2). We tabulate accurate coordinates and photometry for each source, as well as estimates of the redshift, emission-line flux, and equivalent width based on measurements of the digital objective-prism spectra. The median apparent magnitude of the sample is B = 18.2, and galaxies with redshifts approaching z = 0.1 are detected. The properties of the KISS emission-line galaxies are examined using the available observational data and compared with previous surveys carried out with photographic plates, as well as with the Hα-selected portion of KISS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1292-1306
Number of pages15
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number3 1755
StatePublished - Mar 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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