AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 131 Galactic Astronomy in the SDSS
Poster, Wednesday, 9:20am-6:30pm, January 11, 2006, Exhibit Hall

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[131.09] An SDSS Survey of Galactic Planetary Nebulae: Target Selection and Preliminary Results

S. A. Snedden (Apache Point Observatory / New Mexico State U.), K. S. J. Anderson (New Mexico State U.), T. C. Beers (Michigan State U.), V. V. Dwarkadas (U. Chicago), S. J. Kleinman (Apache Point Observatory / New Mexico State U. / Subaru), A. Y. Kniazev (Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie), J. Krzesinski (Apache Point Observatory / New Mexico State U. / Cracow Pedagogical U.), A. Nitta (Apache Point Observatory / New Mexico State U. / Subaru)

We present preliminary results of a search for Galactic planetary nebulae (PNe) in the SDSS Data Release 4 (DR4) footprint, and the target selection methods employed to search for them. We discuss an empirical color selection algorithm based on a sample of known PNe in the Kerber et al. catalogue (2003) that lie within the SDSS DR4 area. The original 14 objects in the sample were supplemented with observations of other known PNe using the SDSS Photometric Telescope. We also analyze contamination of the color-space by other objects, and propose methods to increase the PNe detection efficiency, as well as discuss our plans to extend the PNe survey to lower Galactic latitudes using data from SDSS-II (SEGUE).

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: snedden@apo.nmsu.edu

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