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Astron. Astrophys. 357, 881-883 (2000)

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Optical properties of radio source 4C +08.45  *

L.O. Takalo 1, K. Nilsson 1, A. Sillanpää 1 and H. Teräsranta 2

1 Tuorla Observatory, Tuorla, 21500 Piikkiö, Finland
2 Metsähovi Radio Observatory, Metsähovi, 02540 Kylmälä, Finland

Received 15 December 1999 / Accepted 29 February 2000


We present the first optical observations of the radio source 4C +08.45. It is identified with an elliptical galaxy (R = 15.92) at redshift z= 0.1250, with a comparable companion galaxy (R = 15.36; z= 0.1257) at a projected distance of 34.8 kpc. Both galaxies are normal elliptical galaxies. The galaxy identified with the radio source shows strong emission lines on top of an elliptical galaxy spectrum. The companion shows no emission lines. Based on these observations and the available radio data we believe that 4C +08.45 is a LINER type galaxy.

Key words: galaxies: active – galaxies: distances and redshifts – galaxies: photometry

* Based on observations made with the Nordic Optical Telescope, operated on the island of La Palma jointly by Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in the Spanish Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos of the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias.

Send offprint requests to: L.O. Takalo (takalo@deneb.astro.utu.fi)

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Online publication: June 5, 2000