My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to my backyard, I idly mused upon the insignificance of chaos theory as I contemplated the crystal-clear skies. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 8 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 26 in Canes Venatici. It would be easy to confuse with cotton candy. Next, I found by accident M 37 in a group of stars that looked like an armadillo. It looked uncannily like its Hubble photograph. After that, I showed some guests M 56. It seemed most like diamonds on light grey velvet. Next, I tried Abell 36. It looked like an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane. Next, I slewed to M 48. It was as bright as Alan Rickman. After that, I tracked down NGC 3138. It looked a bit like a far-away cloud. Then, for a real challenge, I accidentally located Abell 38. It gave the appearance of the exhaust from a diesel Suburban. After that, I found NGC 3849. It would be easy to confuse with a little triangle. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I tried for Abell 47. It was better than Smokey the Bear. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I nudged my telescope to IC 1981. It appeared at low power like two scoops of spumoni ice cream. Then, I nudged my telescope to B 515 in Sculptor. It seemed most like an inflamed monkey butt. With that checked off my list, I looked for and suspected M 110. It sparkled like nothing I'd ever seen before. Then, for a real challenge, I checked off M 1 in Cygnus. It somewhat resembled cotton on velvet.

After a short break to cut some cheese, I jumped to IC 2621. It seemed most like a whale spouting.

After a short break to have a smoke, I found by accident B 201. It somewhat resembled a Black Rider hunting for Frodo. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I found Abell 89. It glowed, rather like a spider.

After a short break to find a bush to pee on, I tracked down B 604 in Camelopardalis. It seemed fainter than a UFO. With that checked off my list, I slewed to NGC 3326. It appeared at low power like the eternal nothingness of being. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I checked off NGC 2496. It gave the appearance of yet another globular. After that, I went for IC 488. It looked like 60 grit carborundum on asphalt. With that checked off my list, I checked out NGC 5838. It was a blurry likeness of a nebula. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I added to my logbook B 475 in Hydra. It seemed most like yet another globular. Next, I studied B 35. It took me back to the first time I saw a spider. Then, for a real challenge, I accidentally located NGC 2104 in Lepus. It looked exactly like dandruff on black satin pajamas.

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 a State of the Union address.


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

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