AAS 197, January 2001
Session 41. Star Clusters and Associations
Display, Tuesday, January 9, 2001, 9:30am-7:00pm, Exhibit Hall

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[41.04] The Palomar-Las Campanas Observatory-NOAO (PLCON) Open Cluster Survey

R. L. Phelps (California State University, Sacramento), J. Tollefson (California Institute of Technology), S. Reafsnyder (California State University, Sacramento), P. Frinchaboy (University of Virginia), Aidan Craig (University of California, Berkeley), J Postlethwaite, T. Marshall (California State University, Sacramento)

The Palomar-Las Campanas Observatory-NOAO (PLCON) Open Cluster Survey is a long-term survey intended to provide CCD derived, VI color-magnitude diagrams for the majority of the Milky Way's open clusters, most of which have been poorly studied in the past, or never studied at all. From these data, systematic estimates of cluster reddenings, distances and ages can be derived using a limited number of telescopes, CCDs and filter sets. These data will be useful for systematic studies of Galactic structure in the disk, the properties of unique/interesting stars within clusters, stellar evolution theory, and a host of other timely astrophysical questions. This paper will report on recent results from the Survey.

This work is supported, in part, by grants from the National Science Foundation and the California State University, Sacramento Research and Creative Activity Awards Program.

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