My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Henry Coe State Park, I idly mused upon the impact upon modern astronomy of Norse mythology as I contemplated the approaching back of the front... would seeing and transparancy improve soon?. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 14 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 103. It reminded me of Santa Claus. Next, I tracked down B 286. It was like whipped cream. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I observed Abell 4. It looked like its Hubble photograph. After that, I hunted IC 2944. It gave the appearance of a far-away cloud. Then, for a real challenge, I looked for and suspected B 254. It reminded me of an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane. After that, I star-hopped to NGC 2972 in Antlia. It reminded me of the exhaust from a diesel Suburban. Then, for a real challenge, I tried for B 421. It looked a bit like nothing I'd ever seen before.

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 cleaning the bathroom.


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

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