We have developed an algorithm to search the COSMOS/UKST Southern Sky Object for compact groups of galaxies, with the aim of finding regions of high mass-to-light ratio. With this catalogue, and quantitative criteria, we select groups objectively and therefore hope to improve upon earlier visual searches. We use a density enhancement measure to define a compact group. We have made a preliminary search of 15 Schmidt fields (total area ∼ 390 deg2), finding 58 compact groups, ie. a mean density of 0.15 compact groups deg-2. In this paper we present finding charts and images of some of the compact groups found.
ASP Conference Series: proceedings of 'The Future Utilisation of Schmidt Telescopes', the International Astronomical Association Colloquium (IAUC 148), Bandung, Indonesia, 07-11 March 1994 / Jessica Chapman, Russell Cannon, Sandra Harrison, and Bambang Hidayat (eds.),
Vol. 84, pp. 490-496