My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Pacheco, I idly mused upon the insignificance of the universe as I contemplated the threat posed by global warming. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 43 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 81. It reminded me of Demi Moore.

After a short break to warm up in the car, I sought Abell 68. It appeared as Krylon Ultra-Flat Black. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I sketched M 24. It reminded me of a spitting cobra. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I found M 11. It seemed fainter than Smokey the Bear. Then, for a real challenge, I studied B 95. It was better than smoke signals from a rampaging Iroquois band.

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.


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

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