GCN Circular 7017
Adria C. Updike, Dieter H. Hartmann (Clemson University) and Gary D. Henson (ETSU) report on behalf of the Clemson GRB Follow-Up Team: We observed the field of GRB 071028 (GCN 7012, Racusin et al.) with the 0.9m SARA telescope on Kitt Peak beginning 15 hours and 25 minutes after the trigger. Under variable cloud cover, we detect an apparently fading source within the BAT circle, but outside the revised XRT position (GCN 7014, Racusin et al.), at RA=07:59:15.22, Dec=+21:28:32.052 (+/- 2 arcsec, J2000). This candidate source is approximately 0.5 arcmin to the SW of the revised XRT position. In an hour of exposures, the source faded from R ~ 17 to beyond our detection limit (R limit ~ 18.5 in a single 120s exposure). The source was calibrated relative to 10 field stars in the USNO B1.0 catalog. The separation between the candidate OT and the revised XRT position makes this very unlikely to be the afterglow of GRB 071028. Second epoch observations may be required to establish the nature of this source. The SARA website can be found at http://astro.fit.edu/sara/sara.html . This message may be cited.