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Astron. Astrophys. 327, 963-965 (1997)

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Research Note

The surface brightness and distance of Dwingeloo 1

S. Phillipps 1 and J.I. Davies 2

1 Astrophysics Group, Department of Physics, University of Bristol, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL, UK
2 Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Wales College of Cardiff, PO Box 913, Cardiff CF2 3TH, UK

Received 28 April 1997 / Accepted 21 July 1997


The Tully-Fisher distance to the galaxy Dwingeloo 1, recently discovered very close to the Galactic Plane, is highly uncertain because of the range of possible foreground extinction values which have been suggested. We show that very high values of [FORMULA] ( [FORMULA] magnitudes) or low values ( [FORMULA] magnitudes) are unreasonable since the intrinsic surface brightness implied for Dwingeloo 1 would be unrealistically high or low for a mid type disc galaxy. Obtaining 'normal' surface brightness values requires [FORMULA] close to 6 magnitudes. We therefore concur with distance estimates which suggest values [FORMULA] Mpc.

Key words: galaxies: individual: Dwingeloo 1 – galaxies: distances and redshifts – galaxies: photometry – dust, extinction

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