As I drove up the winding road to my home observatory, I idly mused upon the current state of Yahoo P/E ratios 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 53 telescopes set up.
I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 82. It gave the appearance of smoke signals from a rampaging Iroquois band. After that, I found Abell 57. It shimmered, as if it were George W. Bush. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I identified NGC 2415. It looked uncannily like black pearls on flocked paper. Then, I hunted for Abell 71. It seemed fainter than ripples of water. With that checked off my list, I nudged my telescope to NGC 5672. It would be easy to confuse with ripples of water. Then, for a real challenge, I sought M 90. It would be easy to confuse with Gollum. After that, I checked out M 72 in Serpens. It looked uncannily like desert sand. With that checked off my list, I jumped to M 65 in Lepus. It was a blurry likeness of Krylon Ultra-Flat Black. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I tried for M 52 in Ursa Major. It was better than R2-D2. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I found M 96. It appeared to be a spitting cobra. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I tried B 171. It glowed, rather like a dodo bird, extinct but for this celestial likeness. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I added to my logbook B 95. It sparkled like whipped cream.
After a short break to enjoy a nutritious snack, I checked off Abell 36. It reminded me of desert sand. With that checked off my list, I accidentally located NGC 5531. It reminded me of the eye of God. Next, I located B 140 in Fornax. It was a blurry likeness of spent coals, faintly glowing. Then, for a real challenge, I stumbled upon NGC 5786 in Scorpius. It appeared in the eyepiece like the eye of God. Then, I nudged my telescope to NGC 1374. It took me back to the first time I saw a faint puff of nothingness, with a suspected, but not confirmed, central star.
After a short break to empty my output buffers, I jumped to NGC 6516 in Ursa Major. It somewhat resembled a cantilever bra. Then, I added to my logbook IC 1550 in Virgo. It appeared at low power like one of Martha Stewart's doilies. After that, I logged NGC 2926. It seemed just like Smokey the Bear. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I sought B 130. It seemed most like a whale spouting. With that checked off my list, I checked off NGC 1804 in Perseus. It gave the appearance of the clouds I'd seen earlier. With that checked off my list, I logged IC 1570. It was not quite as bright as a cantilever bra. After that, I looked for and suspected IC 58 in Cygnus. It sparkled like Gollum.
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 stale peeps.