Deep Imaging of Quasar Fields

P. A. Wehinger, S. Wyckoff, T. Gehren
1980 Symposium - International astronomical union  
Large scale (19 arc sec/mm), deeply exposed photographs (26.5 mag/sq arc sec) of a sample of 12 QSO's over the redshift range, z = 0.158 to 0.528 have been obtained. Baked IIIa-F plates were used at the prime focus of the ESO 3.6-m telescope. The band pass was 5700–6900A. Logarithmic intensity contour maps and logarithmic image profiles were constructed from PDS microdensitometer scans. Seven of the 12 QSO's show extended (5–10 arc sec), asymmetric structure on the contour maps; while 9 of 12
more » ... ps; while 9 of 12 QSO's show broader image profiles than stars of the same magnitude. The intensity contour maps provide two essential bits of information for follow-up spectroscopy: 1) a guide for locating the slit aperture and 2) a means of estimating integration times.
doi:10.1017/s0074180900068455 fatcat:uroaqsy3jnenpguyroxa4ap76i