T. Fatkhullin (SAO-RAS Nizhnij Arkhyz), A. de Ugarte Postigo (ESO
Santiago), A. J. Castro-Tirado, J. Gorosabel and M. Jel�nek (IAA-CSIC
Granada), V. Sokolov (SAO-RAS), S. Guziy (Nikolaev State Univ.), A.
Pozanenko (IKI-RAS Moscow), E. Sonbas (Cukurova Univ.) and D.
P�rez-Ram�rez (U. Leicester), on behalf of a larger collaboration, report:
"Continuing with our monitoring campaign of the field of the SGR
0501+4516 (Holland et al. GCNC 8112, Barthelmy et al. GCNC 8113) we have
used the 6.0m BTA telescope (equipped with SCORPIO) at the Special
Astrophysical Observatory (SAO, Russia). A combination of exposures
adding a total of 1530s in the I-band obtained at a mean epoch of August
25.18468 UT shows a low S/N source consistent with the NIR object
reported by Tanvir and Varrycatt (GCN 8126), with a magnitude of I =
23.3 � 0.4. Taking into account the nIR magnitude reported by Rea et al.
at about the same epoch (GCNC 8159), we derive an apparent color index
(I-Ks) = 4.1 � 0.6, uncorrected for Galactic extinction in the line of
sight to the source. Further observations are planned."
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