The optical luminosities of extragalactic objects with broad emission lines, i.e. quasi?stellar radio sources, radio quiet quasi?stellar objects and Seyfert galaxies are compared. At high luminosities (M < ? 23) we find no difference in the form of the optical luminosity function for radio quiet and radio emitting objects; at low luminosities this function is growing steeply only for radio quiet objects, whereas for objects with higher radio indices it remains nearly constant below M = ? 22. This may possibly be interpreted as indicating a division between the optically bright “quasars” and the less luminous objects. The quasars with the highest radio index show only a small scatter in optical luminosities and thus yield a well defined Hubble relation.
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