H. Pedersen, B. L. Jensen, J. Hjorth (U. of Copenhagen) and
J. Gorosabel (DSRI, Copenhagen) report:
"Further to the observations reported in GCN #620, we have
used the ESO 2.2m + WFI to acquire R-band exposures, as
2000 March 29.41 UTC, exp. 180 s, seeing 1.2" FWHM,
2000 March 30.40 UTC, exp. 600 s, seeing 1.0" FWHM.
The first of these covers a 8' x 16' area centered on
the brightest of the three radio sources found by Frail
(GCN #619). The second covers the full GRB error box
(Hurley et al., GCN #618).
Inspection of the new data reveals that the optical object
seen at the position of the said radio source is extended
and of same brightness, as when first detected, on 27.41 UT.
We conclude, in agreement with Frail (GCN #622), that it
is not a likely afterglow.
Comparison between the March 27.41 (GCN #620) and the
March 30.40 exposures has revealed no variable object
within the full error box. The limiting magnitude is R ~21.5.
We cannot exclude that the GRB has occurred in the gaps
between the WFI camera's eight CCD chips; these gaps
amount to ~6 sq. arcmin. out of the ~50 sq. arcmin.
size of the GRB error box."