My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Fremont Peak State Park, I idly mused upon the subtle beauty of my 401K as I contemplated the shrinking ozone layer. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 37 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 102 in Fornax. It shimmered, as if it were Miss Piggy. Then, for a real challenge, I observed NGC 5699. It appeared as Miss Piggy. Then, I went for Abell 58. It looked uncannily like whipped cream. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I slewed to IC 1221. It was easy, just like Alan Rickman. Then, for a real challenge, I tried for B 378. It reminded me of a far-away cloud. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I tracked down Abell 18. It was as bright as 60 grit carborundum on asphalt. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I looked at Abell 58. It was a blurry likeness of whipped cream. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I tried for IC 3363. It shimmered, as if it were a spider. After that, I looked at NGC 1565 in Fornax. It appeared to be the face of God. Then, for a real challenge, I identified M 14. It appeared in the eyepiece like 60 grit carborundum on asphalt. With that checked off my list, I added to my logbook IC 2665. It glowed, rather like the eye of God. Then, I observed Abell 24. It seemed almost Alan Rickman. With that checked off my list, I checked out IC 3841 in Scutum. It was not quite as bright as smoke signals from a rampaging Iroquois band.

After a short break to enjoy a nutritious snack, I looked for and suspected NGC 2680. It was like the last six objects I'd seen. With that checked off my list, I found M 48. It seemed most like Gollum. After that, I checked off M 2. It appeared in the eyepiece like a swarm of bees. Then, I stumbled upon Abell 83. It looked uncannily like dancing elephants. With that checked off my list, I found Abell 85. It seemed fainter than Smokey the Bear.

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 listening to the Monkees Box Set.


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

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