GCN Circular 7298
D. A. Perley, M. Modjaz, J. S. Bloom, D. Poznanski, A. Miller, and D. Kocevski (UC Berkeley) report: On the night of 2008-02-12 (UT), we observed the field of GRB080210 (Grupe et al., GCN 7281) using Keck I (+LRIS) for 600s (R) and 900s (g). We detect the GRB afterglow at the position noted by Klotz et al. (GCN 7280) and Grupe et al. Calibrating relative to seven stars from the SDSS calibration table given in GCN 7282 (Cool et al.), we measure the following magnitudes (at UT = 15:32, 55.7 hours after the BAT trigger): R = 24.03 +/- 0.06 g = 25.20 +/- 0.07 The quoted uncertainty is photometric only and does not include scatter in the field calibration relative to SDSS (which is significant.) Compared to the photometry given by Updike et al. (GCN 7288) this suggests an unusually slow decay rate of alpha~0.85. This may suggest the presence of an underlying host galaxy, but the source appears pointlike in our images and the redshift of z=2.1 (Jakobbson et al., GCN 7286) would argue against a large host galaxy contribution. The X-ray afterglow* also appears to be decaying slowly. --- * http://astro.berkeley.edu/~nat/swift/00302888/bat_xrt.jpg.