My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to my driveway, I idly mused upon the study of the human spirit as I contemplated the El Nino weather patterns. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 51 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 33. It took me back to the first time I saw a nebula. Then, for a real challenge, I observed IC 2699 in Ursa Minor. It seemed just like an inflamed monkey butt. Then, for a real challenge, I star-hopped to Abell 96. It looked a bit like the face of God. Then, for a real challenge, I showed some guests B 446. It reminded me of a spitting cobra. Then, I tracked down B 166. It seemed just like the face of God. With that checked off my list, I added to my logbook IC 1269. It was like desert sand. With that checked off my list, I showed some guests B 526. It appeared in the eyepiece like cream being swirled into hot coffee. Next, I checked off Abell 66 in an unknown constellation that looked like a toaster. It reminded me of cotton candy. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I helped a beginner find M 78 in Hydra. It appeared in the eyepiece like 60 grit carborundum on asphalt. Then, I checked off IC 2135 in an unknown constellation that looked like a toaster. It gave the appearance of its Hubble photograph. Then, for a real challenge, I slewed to Abell 15 in Perseus. It reminded me of whipped cream. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I accidentally located M 77. It looked uncannily like a whale spouting. Then, I slewed to Abell 3. It looked exactly like that graph in An Unpleasant Truth. Then, I checked out M 5. It seemed fainter than R2-D2. Then, for a real challenge, I tracked down NGC 1130. It would be easy to confuse with nothing I'd ever seen before. Next, I glimpsed Abell 40. It seemed almost 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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