IGR/XTE J17464-3213: New radio position and optical counterpart
ATel #146; D. Steeghs, J. M.Miller (CfA), D. Kaplan (Caltech), M. Rupen (NRAO)
on 10 Apr 2003; 18:19 UT
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Taking into account all VLA observations of this source up to April 8,
we have obtained a revised radio position for IGR/XTE J17464-3213;
17 46 15.608 +/- 0.17" -32 14 00.6 +/- 0.5" (J2000)
This is 0.7" south of the position reported in IAUC 8105 bringing the
VLA position closer to a nearby optical counterpart present in
Magellan I and R-band images (ATEL #141). This possible counterpart is
consistent with the K-band source reported by Baba et al. 2003 (IAUC
8112 ). Our images with a spatial sampling of 0.069"/pixel resolve the
K-band emission into three distinct point sources. The north-east component
position is 17:46:15.57 -32:14:00.88 (J2000) in the USNO frame and was
found at I=19.3, R=21.9 in our April 5 images.
The reported K magnitude is in line with the Schlegel et al. (1988)
extinction estimate (E(B-V)=3.48, N_H=1.7E22) and suggests a
de-reddened I band magnitude of 12.6 for this candidate.
Extrapolation of nearly contemporaneous radio flux levels amount to
I~11.3. The brightness of this counterpart candidate is thus within an order
of magnitude of jet model predictions as applied to e.g. GX339-4
(Markoff et al. 2003). The source is unresolved under 0.5" seeing conditions.
Given the continued radio activity, further optical/IR observations to
establish variability are encouraged.
Updated Magellan I band image