My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to my driveway, I idly mused upon the inner workings of underwater basket weaving 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 33 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 43. It was a blurry likeness of a waterfall. Next, I found by accident IC 1569. It appeared to be Gollum. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I accidentally located Abell 52. It would be easy to confuse with the eternal nothingness of being. After that, I nudged my telescope to M 12. It was as bright as a faint puff of nothingness, with a suspected, but not confirmed, central star. Then, for a real challenge, I located NGC 3184 in Corvus. It seemed just like a nebula. Next, I went for NGC 2673. It somewhat resembled a spitting cobra. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I hunted for NGC 3322. It sparkled like 60 grit carborundum on asphalt. Then, I looked at NGC 5501 in Draco. It appeared to be a whale spouting. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I hunted NGC 5915 in Septans. It appeared to be Krylon Ultra-Flat Black. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I found by accident B 512 in that confusing part of Virgo. It reminded me of Dubya. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I checked out B 271 in Antlia. It sparkled like Dubya. Then, for a real challenge, I tried Abell 37. It somewhat resembled ripples of water. After that, I went for NGC 1079 in Perseus. It looked exactly like whispy tendrils of nebulosity. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I sketched NGC 1624. It was like 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 taking an elevator during a Stage 3 alert.


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

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