GCN Circular 28146
P. Gokuldass (UVI), D. Morris (UVI), N. Orange (OrangeWave Innovative Science, LLC), A. Cucchiara (UVI/College of Marin), R. Strausbaugh (UVI) report: We observed the field of GRB200716C (Ukwatta et al, GCN 28124) with the 0.5m Virgin Island Robotic Telescope (VIRT) at the University of the Virgin Islands' Etelman Observatory on 07-17-2020 starting at 01:48:10 UT (T+2.8 hrs). We performed a series of exposures in R filter with a total exposure of 1210 s. The weather conditions were clear during the hours of observation with an average airmass of 2.2. We detect a source consistent with the UVOT position (Ukwatta et al, GCN 28124) and optical transient identified by others (Lipunov et al. 28125, Hu et al. 28126, Kumar et al. 28138) with magnitude: R= 17.1 +/- 0.2 The magnitude is estimated from comparison to nearby USNO B1 stars and is not corrected for Galactic extinction. Further analysis is in progress to confirm the decaying nature of the source. The VIRT is still in the commissioning phase. This work is supported by NASA-MUREP-MIRO grant NNX15AP95A, NSF EiR AST Award 1901296, and NSF HBCU-UP AST Award 1831682. This message can be cited.