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ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY OF CANADA THE STANDING COMMITTEE FOR OBSERVATIONAL ACTIVITIES COMET AND NOVA SECTION FIRST ANNUAL REPORT For 1963. 1. HISTORY The Comet and Nova Section was introduced to the members of the Society on November 15, 1961 when "Bulletin No. 1 was issued. At that time, only the Montreal Centre had a programme for the systemmatic search for new objects, but by the end of the year several other Centres informed the National Coordinator of this section indicated interest in this work. By the time "Bulletin #2" was issued on March 1, 1962, the National Coordinator had received replies from ten of the sixteen Centres. Members from Montrea, Niagara Falls, and Hamilton soon began reporting searches, and these Centres are still active at the end of 1963. Bulletin #3 was issued on June 18, 1962 summarizing the work done to date. On March 19, 1963, Bulletin #4 was issued which introduced a new programme (searching the dome with the naked eye), and summarized the work done during 1962. The following announcements were mailed to all Centres: Announcement #1. December 1961. Comet Seki. Announcement #2. March 1962. Comet Seki-Lines, 1962-c. Announcement #3. March 23, 1962. Comet Seki-Lines, 1963-c (continued). Announcement 4. June 18, 1962. Comet Humason, 1961-e. Announcement #5. Feb. 19, 1963. Comet Ikeya, 1963-a. Announcement #6. Feb. 26, 1963. Nova Herculis, 1963. Announcement #7. Apr. 7, 1963. Comet Alcock, 1963-b. 2. SEARCHES FOR COMETS AND NOVAE During 1963, 2299 searches were made by 21 observers. They observed about 60 of the 400 areas visible from Canada. During 1962, 1953 searches were made by 27 observers, so that although there were fewer observers, the actual number of searches increased. It was discovered that many observers would be enthusiastic in starting this programme, but wuold drop out after a few months. However, those who remain are active and reliable observers. Most observers used binoculars and checked stars in their 10° x 10° areas to approximately sixth magnitude. Several observers made naked eye searches of the dome. 3. OBSERVATIONS OF COMET AND NOVAE. Many reports were received on Comets Ikeya (1963a) and Alcock (1963b), but many were only summaries or statements that it was seen. Not enough information was received to analyse these comets. The National Coordinator understands that many more observations were made but never reported. Many members and Centres like to keep copies of observations for their own records, and making copies is either time consuming or expensive. At the moment there seems to be no solution