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GCN Circular 35687

Subject
GRB 240205B: Skynet Optical Afterglow Observations
Date
2024-02-06T02:25:46Z (23 days ago)
From
Dylan Dutton at UNC Chapel Hill <ddutton59@gmail.com>
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Dylan Dutton, Donovan Schlekat, Logan Selph, Ruide Fu, Megan Dubay, Daniel Reichart, Joshua Haislip, Vladimir Kouprianov report on behalf of the Skynet Robotic Telescope Network at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

We observed the field of GRB 240205B with our 0.4m robotic telescopes located in the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile. The observation began at 00:42:54 UTC on Feb 05 2024, approximately 2.5 hours after the trigger reported by Fermi (GCN 35682) and SWIFT (Palmer et al., GCN 35683).

We obtained multiple exposures in the B, V, R, and I filters. Exposure lengths were calculated using our automated exposure length scaling model.

We clearly detect the optical afterglow reported by MASTER (Lipunov et al., GCN 35684) and BOOTES-7 (GCN 35686). The coordinates are within the uncertainty radius of the Swift localization and consistent with the coordinates reported by MASTER (Lipunov et al., GCN 35684):
R.A. (J2000): 23:25:50.12
Dec. (J2000): -55:07:05.5

We report the photometry below. We estimate a spectral index of -1.

ExpLen | Filter | Mag   | Mag Error  | MJD         
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223.98 | B      | 16.12 | 0.017      | 60346.030
284.45 | B      | 16.12 | 0.017      | 60346.031
233.30 | V      | 15.74 | 0.009      | 60346.032
100.85 | R      | 15.49 | 0.010      | 60346.034
298.28 | V      | 15.86 | 0.009      | 60346.035
145.94 | R      | 15.66 | 0.011      | 60346.048
265.82 | B      | 16.31 | 0.012      | 60346.049
113.75 | I      | 15.33 | 0.019      | 60346.049
272.02 | V      | 15.94 | 0.008      | 60346.052
131.13 | R      | 15.76 | 0.010      | 60346.065
391.41 | V      | 16.11 | 0.008      | 60346.065

Our images have been calibrated using stars from the APASS catalog.
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