Planetary Nebulae Near the Galactic Center I: Method of Discovery and Preliminary Results
A method is described for finding planetary nebulae. Use is made of the far infrared IRAS colors and radio continuum measurements. The method is applied here to a region within 15° of the galactic center. The first results are given, including 36 new PN. The characteristics of the nebulae are described. While they are generally similar to known nebulae, the method of selection gives an emphasis to younger objects. A substantial number of the new nebulae may be in the transition phase between OH/IR stars and PN.