The first catalogue of quasars was published in 1971 by De Veny et al.
It contained 202 objects for which redshifts were published prior to june 1971.
In the last 29 years, the number of known quasars has steadily increased to
reach 13214 in march 2000 (see table below).
This number is expected to increase dramatically in the near future as the ``2DF QSO redshift survey" has already identified close to 8000 QSOs (Smith et al. 1999) and the ``Sloan Digital Sky Survey" should discover QSOs when completed in about 2004 (Fan et al. 1999)
|QSO||BL Lac||Seyfert 1||reference|
|202||De Veny et al. 1971|
|2251||190||Véron-Cetty & Véron 1984|
|2835||73||236||Véron-Cetty & Véron 1985|
|3473||84||258||Véron-Cetty & Véron 1987|
|4169||117||358||Véron-Cetty & Véron 1989|
|6225||162||575||Véron-Cetty & Véron 1991|
|7383||171||695||Véron-Cetty & Véron 1993|
|8609||220||888||Véron-Cetty & Véron 1996|
|11358||357||1111||Véron-Cetty & Véron 1998|
In the present edition of this catalogue containing quasars with
measured redshift known to us prior to march 1, 2000, as in the first eight
editions, we do not give any information about absorption lines or X-ray
properties. But we give the absolute magnitude for each object and, when
available, the 11 and 6 cm flux densities.
This catalogue should not be used for any statistical analysis as it is not complete in any sense, except that it is, hopefully, a complete survey of the literature.