D. A. Kann, L. Izzo (both HETH/IAA-CSIC), V. Casanova (IAA-CSIC), and A. de
Ugarte Postigo (HETH-IAA/CSIC and DARK/NBI) report on behalf of HETH:
We observed the position of the extremely bright GRB 180720B (Swift-BAT
detection: Siegel et al., GCN #22973, GCN #22975; Fermi-LAT detection:
Bissaldi and Racusin, GCN #22980; Fermi-GBM detection: Roberts et al.,
GCN #22981) with the T90 telescope of the Observatorio Sierra Nevada
(OSN) near Granada, Spain.
The optical afterglow (Martone et al., GCN #22976; Sasada et al., GCN
#22977; Reva et al., GCN #22979; Itoh et al., GCN #22983) is clearly
detected in single 180 s images. For an Rc image at mid-time 0.455188
days after the INTEGRAL SPI/ACS trigger (14:21:40 UT), we derive Rc =
17.53 +/- 0.03 mag.
We note that this is only ~0.4 mag fainter than the value found by Reva
et al. at 0.23 days after the GRB, indicating the decay may have slowed
down. This feature also seems to be seen in the XRT light curve (Page et
al., GCN #22984).
Further observations, even with smaller telescopes, are strongly
Magnitudes were obtained against SDSS standard stars transformed
following the equations of Lupton (2005).
[GCN OPS NOTE(21jul18): Due to a processing problem with some
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[GCN OPS NOTE(21jul18): Per author's request, A. de U.P. was added
to the author list.]