Photometry and isochrone fitting of NGC 6712

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    Creator (cre): Schonfeld, Samuel Joseph
    Advisor (adv): Paust, Nathaniel
    May 19, 2012
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    This work presents new BV photometric observations of the Galactic globular cluster NGC 6712. The observations include an 18′ square centered on the cluster with a limiting V magnitude of 21. Heavy field star contamination makes NGC 6712 a difficult cluster to study, but simply restricting image analysis to a narrow field of view centered on the cluster provides enough definition of the cluster color magnitude diagram (CMD) to identify the red giant and sub-giant branches. This CMD is fit with the Dartmouth Stellar Evolution Program (DSEP) models which determine that NGC 6712 has an age of 12±1 Gyr, distance modulus of (m-M)v̳=15.85±0.20, metallicity of [Fe/H]= -1.10±0.05, and a reddening of E(B-V)=0.41±0.05. These values agree well with previous studies and provide a confirmation of the accuracy of the DSEP models.

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