D. Malesani (SISSA), S. Piranomonte, L.A. Antonelli (INAF/OARm), S.
Campana (INAF/OABr), G. Chincarini (Univ. Milano-Bicocca), and L. Stella
(INAF/OARm), report on behalf of the MISTICI collaboration:
The field of GRB 051227 (Barbier et al., GCN 4397; Barthelmy et al., GCN
4401; Sakamoto et al., GCN 4403) was observed at two epochs with the
ESO-VLT UT2, equipped with FORS1. Exposure was 20 minutes per epoch,
with mean times 10.4 and 12.5 h after the GRB trigger.
Coaddition of all images confirms the presence of a single, faint source
(Malesani et al., GCN 4404) at the edge of the revised XRT error circle
(Beardmore et al., GCN 4402). A finding chart is posted at the following
The source inside the XRT error circle (S1) shows a marginal dimming in
the R band between the two epochs, by 0.34 +- 0.20 mag. The error was
estimated by looking at the variations of several objects with
brightness comparable to that of S1. We note that the seeing slightly
worsened between the two epochs, passing from 1.3" to 1.6".