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Optical Counterpart to MAXI J1647-227

ATel #4179; P. Garnavich, K. Magno (Notre Dame), A. Applegate (Georgian Court U.)
on 16 Jun 2012; 08:24 UT
Credential Certification: Peter Garnavich (pgarnavi@gmail.com)

Subjects: Optical, X-ray, Binary, Transient

Referred to by ATel #: 4204

We observed the field of the X-ray transient MAXI J1647-227 (Negoro et al., ATEL#4175) with the Vatican Advance Technology Telescope (VATT) and VATT4K CCD imager beginning June 16.244 UT. R-band images reveal an optical source near the position of the Swift localization (Kennea et al., ATEL#4178) that is not visible on the Digitized Sky Survey. Based on USNO-B1.0 catalog stars in the field, we find the optical transient has a position of 16:48:12.32 -23:00:53.56 (error of 0.2 arcsec) which is within 2 arcsec of the Swift X-ray position.

From the USNO-B1 magnitudes we estimate the transient brightness at R=19.4+/-0.1 mag. B-band images indicate the source is relatively blue with B=20.7+/-0.1 mag.