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The business meeting was opened by the President, Irina Kumkova. She presented the agenda, which was approved. This session was attended by 42 participants. The meeting approved Dafydd Evans as secretary of minutes.
We have derived a complete magnitude-limited sample of 440 Galactic open clusters in the solar neighborhood, with integrated V-magnitude brighter than 8 mag. This sample can be used to infer the present-day luminosity and mass functions of open clusters up to a given age; it can even be used to construct the initial mass and luminosity function (IMF, ILF) of clusters (defined as visible clusters with age 4 – 8 Myr). The high-mass end of the cluster IMF is a power-law with a slope of −2 or slightly shallower (−1.7) while the luminous cluster ILF has a power-slope of −1, in agreement with what is found for extragalactic clusters. Both distribution functions show a turnover, starting at 300 M⊙ and integrated magnitude −3 mag, respectively. The overall birthrate of clusters is 0.4 clusters per kpc2 and per Myr. The average present-day cluster mass is 700 M⊙, while the average initial cluster mass is 4500 M⊙. The difference of these two average masses indicates the high infant mortality and/or weight loss of Galactic open clusters (due to dynamical evolution).
The Business Meeting was opened by the president, Imants Platais. He presented the agenda which was unanimously approved. This session was attended by 40 participants. The meeting approved Dafydd Evans as secretary of minutes.
For 236 of 650 Galactic open clusters identified in the ASCC-2.5 catalogue, we determine tidal radii from a three-parameter fit of King's profiles to the observed integrated density distribution of cluster members. The results are used to calibrate the observed sizes of the remaining clusters to a uniform scale of tidal radii of open clusters in the Solar neighbourhood. The tidal masses are computed from tidal radii. Within a distance of 850 pc where our sample is complete, the observed distributions of cluster masses can be explained by a general mass loss in open clusters with increasing age.
We report on a search for QSOs via variability and zero-proper motion. Candidates were selected by means of indices for overall variability, long-term variability, proper motion and image structure measured on a large number of Schmidt plates with a time-baseline of three decades. Spectroscopic follow-up observations of the candidates brighter than the pre-estimated completeness limit, Blim ≈ 19.7, of the survey revealed about 200 QSOs and Seyfert 1s with redshifts z ≈ 0 — 3. We describe the survey strategy and discuss the properties of the resulting QSO sample.
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