GCN Circular 7940
D. Malesani, P. M. Vreeswijk, J. P. U. Fynbo, J. Hjorth (DARK/NBI), P. Jakobsson (Univ. Hertfordshire), report on behalf of a larger collaboration: We observed the field of GRB 080703 (Ziaeepour et al., GCN 7936) with the ESO VLT equipped with FORS1. Due to visibility constraints, observations could only be carried out during twilight at high airmass. The optical afterglow first reported by Rykoff & Schaefer (GCN 7935; see also Ziaeepour et al., GCN 7936) is detected in our image (15 s exposure). On 2008 Jul 3.948 UT (3.76 hr after the GRB), the afterglow had R ~ 21.6 assuming R = 15.92 for the USNO star at (06:47:12.61, -63:12:31.7). A finding chart is posted at http://www.astro.ku.dk/~malesani/GRB/080703/080703_finder.png No further observations are planned. We acknowledge excellent support from the ESO staff in executing this challenging observation, particularly Thomas Szeifert and Dominique Naef.