Globular Cluster Luminosity Functions and the Hubble Constant From WFPC Imaging: Galaxies in the Coma I Cloud
The membership of some galaxies in the nearby (d ~ 12 Mpc) Coma I cloud is uncertain. Here we present globular cluster luminosity functions (GCLFs) from the Hubble Space Telescope for two bright ellipticals which may belong to this group. After fitting the GCLF, we find a turnover magnitude of m_V_^0^ = 23.23 +/- 0.11 for NGC 4278 and m_V_^0^ = 23.07+/- 0.13 for NGC 4494. Our limiting magnitude is about two magnitudes fainter than these values, making this data among the most complete GCLFs published to date. The fitted GCLF dispersions (~1.1^m^) are somewhat smaller than typical values for other ellipticals. Assuming an absolute turnover magnitude of M_V_^0^ = -7.62, and after applying a small metallicity correction, we derive distance modulii of (m-M) = 30.61+/- 0.14 for NGC 4278 and 30.50+/-0.15 for NGC 4494. These distance estimates are compared to other methods, and lie within the published range of values. We conclude that both galaxies lie at the same distance and are both members of the Coma I cloud.