My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to my backyard, I idly mused upon the inner workings of the universe as I contemplated the ominous thunderheads on the horizon. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 54 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 3. It was easy, just like Alan Rickman. After that, I had a chance to see IC 3299. It seemed fainter than the invisible man.

After a short break to walk around, I found B 482 in Ursa Minor. It seemed most like diamonds on black velvet. After that, I showed some guests IC 1667 in the western sky. It appeared to be one of Martha Stewart's doilies. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I accidentally located IC 3958 in Orion. It was even more difficult than nothing I'd ever seen before. Then, for a real challenge, I stumbled upon NGC 993. It appeared in the eyepiece like a nebula. Then, I had a chance to see M 56 in Lynx. It was a dead ringer for diamonds on light grey velvet.

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 sex.


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

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