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p. 2 Comet and Nova Section. First Annual Report. For the year 1963. for this problem. No standard report forms have been made for the report- ing of observations, although instruction forms have been prepared. Perhaps, however, if report forms were made, it would encourage observers to send in their observations. This matter should be given much thought and the National Coordinator would like advise from the Chairman and Committee before going ahead with any plans on such a project. Observations of Nova Herculis, 1963 numbered 153 from 8 observers. From observations received, it was determined that a secondary maximum occured about March 1 (magnitude 4.9 to 5.1) and by the end of 1963 it was down to magnitude 10. 4. DISCOVERYS. Mr. Matte of the Quebec Centre made independent discoverys of the separation of Comet Alcock, and of the sudden brightening of Comet Ikeya. Mr. A. J. Morehouse, an unattached member, also made an independent discovery of the brightening of comet Ikeya. 5. BULLETINS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS. One bulletin and three announcements were mailed during 1963. Copies were sent to all Centres, the other National Coordinators, the Standing Committee, the President of the R.A.S.C., and other who indicated an interest in this section. There are about 40 names on the mailing list of the Comet and Nova Section. 6. CORRESPONDENCE. During 1963, the National Coordinator of this section received 60 letters and notices, and wrote 56 letters (not including acknowledgements). The coordinator heard from the following eight Centres during the year: Hamilton, London, Montreal, Niagara Falls, Quebec, Toronto, Victoria, and Winnipeg. In addition, several unattached members wrote regarding the programme. 7. SUMMARY. The activity in this section has changed little during the year, and only a few new members started taking an active part in the programme while several became inactive. Although it is known that many members of the Society observe Comets and Novae when they appear, only a small part of the observations are reported. The national coordinator would like to see much more interest in this programme. Respectfully submitted, 108 Roy Avenue, Apr. 102 Jim Low, National Coordinator Dorval, P.Q. Comet and Nova Section