As I drove up the winding road to Dinosaur Point, I idly mused upon the higher implications of the energy crisis 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 44 telescopes set up.
I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 19 in Ursa Major. It looked uncannily like George W. Bush. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I sketched NGC 6119 in a group of stars that looked like an armadillo. It took me back to the first time I saw the eternal nothingness of being. With that checked off my list, I helped a beginner find Abell 73 in Scorpius. It reminded me of a far-away cloud. Then, I added to my logbook NGC 417 in Canis Major. It seemed fainter than a smoke ring.
After a short break to drink a slurpie, I looked for and suspected M 87 in Septans. It took me back to the first time I saw a whale spouting. After that, I looked for and suspected IC 3759 in Triangulum. It was a blurry likeness of a swarm of bees. After that, I checked off IC 1324. It was better than a cantilever bra. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I studied B 334. It appeared as whipped cream.
After a short break to munch cheesy poofs, I helped a beginner find B 524. It was easy, just like a spider. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I logged IC 2110. It seemed most like lumpy darkness. Then, for a real challenge, I jumped to NGC 3322. It compared favorably with an inflamed monkey butt. With that checked off my list, I studied B 596. It reminded me of that graph in An Unpleasant Truth. Next, I jumped to B 100 in Scorpius. It seemed just like black pearls on flocked paper. Next, I studied IC 2003. It was like a spitting cobra. Then, I jumped to IC 2197. It gave the appearance of the eternal nothingness of being. Then, I slewed to M 20. It compared favorably with the eternal nothingness of being. After that, I logged IC 3519 in Virgo. It appeared at low power like yet another globular. Next, I had a chance to see Abell 96 in Pisces Austrinus. It was easy, just like the pillars of creation. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I sketched IC 3736. It was even more difficult than a Black Rider hunting for Frodo. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I showed some guests IC 1476 in Lyra. It shimmered, as if it were the face of God.
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 a root canal.