The uBVI photometric system. II. Standard stars

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Paper I of this series described the design of a CCD-based photometric system that is optimized for ground-based measurements of the size of the Balmer discontinuity in stellar spectra. This "wBVI" system combines the Thuan-Gunn u filter with the standard Johnson-Kron-Cousins BVI filters and can be used to discover luminous yellow supergiants in extragalactic systems and post-asymptotic giant branch stars in globular clusters and galactic halos. In the present paper we use uBVI observations obtained on 54 nights with 0.9 m telescopes at Kitt Peak and Cerro Tololo to construct a catalog of standardized u magnitudes for standard stars taken from the 1992 catalog of Landolt. We describe the selection of our 14 Landolt fields and give details of the photometric reductions, including red leak and extinction corrections, transformation of all the observations onto a common magnitude system, and the establishment of the photometric zero point. We present a catalog of M magnitudes of 103 stars suitable for use as standards. We show that data obtained with other telescopes can be transformed to our standard system with better than 1 % accuracy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2924-2932
Number of pages9
JournalAstronomical Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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