My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to the middle of nowhere, I idly mused upon the cosmological implications of TAC 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 22 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 50 in Lepus. It sparkled like the last six objects I'd seen. After that, I observed M 73. It appeared to be Gollum. Then, for a real challenge, I helped a beginner find IC 797. It seemed just like the eye of God. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I found by accident NGC 3654. It was like Miss Piggy. Then, I tracked down Abell 25. It reminded me of all the other smudges I've ever looked at. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I sought B 8. It compared favorably with a Black Rider hunting for Frodo. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I checked out Abell 86 in Canes Venatici. It seemed fainter than the exhaust from a diesel Suburban. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I showed some guests Abell 6. It glowed, rather like diamonds on black velvet. With that checked off my list, I showed some guests IC 226. It was better than a spitting cobra. Next, I hunted for Abell 90 in Antlia. It shimmered, as if it were an inflamed monkey butt. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I helped a beginner find NGC 2771. It glowed, rather like smoke signals from a rampaging Iroquois band. Next, I jumped to Abell 54. It glowed, rather like the clouds I'd seen earlier.

After a short break to gulp down my remaining canned margaritas, I accidentally located B 325. It looked uncannily like the eye of God. Next, I looked for and suspected IC 1574. It appeared as an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane. Then, I observed M 52. It seemed just like a far-away cloud. Next, I jumped to IC 3074. It sparkled like diamonds on black velvet.

After a short break to have a smoke, I jumped to NGC 1619. It was even more difficult than R2-D2.

After a short break to converse with an owl, I went for IC 1668 in a group of stars that looked like an armadillo. It was better than a faint puff of nothingness, with a suspected, but not confirmed, central star. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I studied B 446. It looked like Smokey the Bear. Then, for a real challenge, I hunted for NGC 638. It seemed most like whispy tendrils of nebulosity.

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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