We observed the field of GRB 030115 (GCN 1816) with the KPNO 2.1m telescope, beginning at Jan 15th 08:27 UT (5.1 hours after bursts). Two epochs of imaging, approximately 4 hours apart were obtained in each of J,H and K.
A PSF matched image subtraction reveals a fading point source at a position of
RA = 11:18:32.6, Dec= +15:02:59
The source is fixed on the sky and seen to fade in all bands. Unfortunately we do not currently have a reliable photometric calibration.
An object is present at a position roughly consistent with the radio source detected in GCN 1817. However this source does not vary throughout our observations.
Detailed analysis of the dataset is underway, and further observations are planned.