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                   THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA
                STANDING COMMITTEE ON OBSERVATIONAL ACTIVITIES

                           COMET AND NOVA SECTION

                                                       Announcement No. 14
COMET IKEYA-SEKI, 1967n

On December 28, Ikeya and Seki discovered the fourteenth comet of 1967, Seki
picking it up in his large binoculars only minutes after Ikeya.  Both observers
have already made several comet discoveries, and this is the second comet to
have both their names. They also discovered Comet 1965f on September 18, 1965.

The following preliminary ephemeris was supplied by Dennis Milon of the
Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers.

            1968      R.A.(1950) Dec.     Mag.
                        h  m      °  '
            Jan. 15   16 45.9   03 47 N
                 25   16 53.6   08 53     7.9
                 30   16 57.4   12 00
            Feb.  4   17 01.0   15 33     7.6
                  9   17 04.6   19 38
                 14   17 08.0   24 18     7.3
                 19   17 11.1   29 38
                 24   17 14.0   35 39     7.1
                 29   17 16.4   42 21 N

This comet should be visible in binoculars during the morning hours for the
next two months, The error in the ephemeris may become large by the end of
February, and observers may have to search for the comet in the general area
indicated by the ephemeris.


Please send reports of observations to the undersigned.



NOVA DELPHINE 1967

The discovery of this nova was reported on C & N Announcement No. 13.
At that time it was near sixth magnitude, but during December it increased
to almost third magnitude. This unusual nova is now slowly declining in
brightness, but observers area asked to keep watching tor any more unusual
behavior. The position of this nova is:

	R.A. 20h 40m 04s     Dec. 18° 58.'9 N.     Epoch 1950,0


                                 Jim Low, National Coordinator
                                 Comet and Nova Section
                                 Box 172, AMF Postal station
                                 Montreal International Airport
January 20, 1968                 Dorval, P.Q.
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