VIPhotometry of Globular Clusters NGC 6293 and NGC 6541: The Formation of the Metal-poor Inner Halo Globular Clusters

Jae-Woo Lee, Bruce W. Carney
2006 Astronomical Journal  
We present VI photometry of the metal-poor inner halo globular clusters NGC6293 and NGC6541 using the planetary camera of the WFPC2 on board HST. Our color-magnitude diagrams of the clusters show well-defined BHB populations, consistent with their low metallicities and old ages. NGC6293 appears to have blue straggler stars in the cluster's central region. We discuss the interstellar reddening and the distance modulus of NGC6293 and NGC6541 and obtain E(B-V) = 0.40 and (m-M)_0 = 14.61 for
more » ... and E(B-V) = 0.14 and (m-M)_0 = 14.19 for NGC6541. Our results confirm that NGC6293 and NGC6541 are clearly located in the Galaxy's central regions (R_GC < 3 kpc). We also discuss the differential reddening across NGC6293. The interstellar reddening value of NGC6293 appears to vary by Delta E(B-V) 0.02 -- 0.04 mag within our small field of view. The most notable result of our study is that the inner halo clusters NGC6293 and NGC6541 essentially have the same ages as M92, confirming the previous result from the HST NIC3 observations of NGC6287.
doi:10.1086/507412 fatcat:66ayohq2qvg7njmkxwjwg7hz7m