My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Fremont Peak State Park, I idly mused upon the current implications of the internet as I contemplated the approaching chlorofluorocarbons ... would it be warmer tonight?. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 58 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 71 in Antlia. It looked uncannily like two scoops of spumoni ice cream. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I hunted for IC 881 in Canes Venatici. It shimmered, as if it were lumpy darkness. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I looked for and suspected M 26. It appeared to be a whale spouting. Then, I went for NGC 4666. It seemed just like Demi Moore. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I stumbled upon NGC 103. It was as bright as a cantilever bra. Next, I sought B 288. It gave the appearance of cotton candy. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I observed NGC 4867. It looked a bit like Alan Rickman. With that checked off my list, I slewed to IC 3821. It looked exactly like nothing I'd ever seen before. Next, I checked out M 22. It glowed, rather like whispy tendrils of nebulosity. After that, I identified M 6. It was as bright as cotton candy.

After a short break to cut some cheese, I logged B 509 in Virgo. It was easy, just like fleecy wool. After that, I had a chance to see Abell 97 in Ursa Major. It seemed just like an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane.

After a short break to converse with an owl, I slewed to B 61 in Triangulum. It seemed most like Alan Rickman. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I checked off IC 2845 in Lynx. It appeared at low power like a spider.

Finally, it was time to pack up and leave. As I drove home, I contemplated the events of the night, and realized that any night out under the sky with good friends is better than getting shot in the face by Dick Cheney.


    ...Akkana (with help from David North, Jane Houston Jones, and Bill Arnett) .

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