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ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA PLANETARY SECTION Bulletin No 2 February 7, 1962. PROGRESS To date I have received replies to my first Bulletin from seven of the Centres REPORT of the R.A.S.C. I will here list the names of my contacts: Centre Contact Address Halifax B. W. Allen 419 Windsor St., Halifax, N.S. Hamilton Edward Ostrosser 70 Sussex Ave., Hamilton, Ont. Kingston G. M. Steed 13 Chestnut St., Kingston, Ont. Montreal Geoffrey Caherty, Jr 636 Sydenham Ave., Montreal 6, Que. Niagara Falls Grayson C. Gardner 488 Philip St., Niagara Falls, Ont. Ottawa Dr W. L. Orr 1952 Fairbanks St., Ottawa 1, Ont, Quebec Rene Doucet 650 Blvd des Prairies, Cap de la Madeleine, Co. Champlain, Que. Observations have already been received from Hamilton, Quebec, and Montreal, and I have been promised some drawings by the Ottawa Centre. The other Centres, while not engaged in systematic planetary work at the present time, have expressed interest in participating in the Section's program as it develops. Regarding: the responsibilities of the contacts, they are expected to pass on the inform- ation in this and future Bulletins to members of their Centre particularly interested in planetary problems and if possible to the general membership as well (i.e. at meetings of the Centre or via the Centre's newsletter where such exists). The exact means is left to the good judgement of the individual, although I will be glad to do anything within my power to help. (In this respect I can supply a limited number of extra copies of these Bulletins.) The contact will also be responsible for keeping me posted on local activities. The details of this will be worked out in practice. JUPITER I will shortly begin preparing a report on 1961 observations of Jupiter as mentioned in Bulletin No 1. I would appreciate it if any further observations were sent to me as quickly as possible for inclusion in this report. From the considerable amount of material on hand it should be possible to obtain some very interesting results from one of the most active apparitions in recent years. OBSERVING Initially there will be a deliberate concentration on observations of the PROGRAM planet Jupiter. Some of the reasons for this are: (a) It is observable over a large part of the year and in particular will be well placed for most of 1962. (b) Any good telescope of 3 inches aperture or greater will show detail worth recording. (c) There is a wide variety of observation programs to suit practically every taste. (d) The experience gained will make observations of other planets much more profitable. Detailed instructions and suitable report forms will be available in a few months. In the meantime I will briefly describe some of the types of observation possible.