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GCN Circular 26134

GRB 191031D: MMT Binospec Optical Upper Limit
2019-11-01T20:39:58Z (5 years ago)
Kerry Paterson at Northwestern <>
K. Paterson, W. Fong, K. D. Alexander, G. Schroeder, A. Rouco Escorial (Northwestern) report:

���We observed the field of the short-duration GRB 191031D (Fermi-GBM et al., GCN 26111; D'Elia et al., GCN 26112; Mailyan et al., GCN 26118) with Binospec mounted on the 6.5-m MMT on Mount Hopkins, Arizona, starting on 2019 November 1 at 01:44:13 UT, 4.31 hours after the burst. We obtained 15x120-sec of observations in the r-band in 1.05��� seeing and clear conditions.

We do not detect any optical source in or around the enhanced XRT position (Osborne et al. GCN 26117).

We obtain a 3-sigma upper limit of r > 23.5 AB mag on the afterglow or any coincident host galaxy, not corrected for Galactic extinction. Photometry is calibrated to the USNO-B1.0 catalog. This limit is consistent with, and slightly deeper than the limit found by Butler et al. (GCN 26121). We note that the closest, clearly-extended source is 5.48 arcsec to the southwest.

Further observations are planned. We thank the MMT staff, and in particular observer Michael Calkins, for their assistance with these observations.���
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