We investigate the properties of objects in the Subaru Deep Field (SDF), using public catalogs constructed from images in several optical passbands. Using a small subset of objects most likely to be stars, we construct a stellar locus in three-dimensional color space. We then compare the position of all objects relative to this locus to create larger samples of stars in the SDF with rough spectral types. The number counts of stars defined in this way are consistent with those of current models of the Galaxy.

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We thank the referee, Heidi Newberg, for suggestions which improved the paper.

This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan following peer review. The version of record Michael Richmond; Properties of Stars in the Subaru Deep Field, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan, Volume 57, Issue 6, 25 December 2005, Pages 969–976 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/pasj/57.6.969

Also archived in: arXiv:astro-ph/0510108 v1 5 Oct 2005

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