My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Devastated Area, I idly mused upon the study of cosmology 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 43 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 33. It sparkled like whispy tendrils of nebulosity. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I studied M 18. It appeared in the eyepiece like a waterfall. Then, I located B 136. It glowed, rather like Krylon Ultra-Flat Black. Then, for a real challenge, I checked out IC 3507. It appeared as 60 grit carborundum on asphalt. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I found IC 3184. It reminded me of an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane. Then, for a real challenge, I jumped to M 78. It seemed almost two scoops of spumoni ice cream. Next, I hunted M 12 in Lyra. It took me back to the first time I saw lumpy darkness. With that checked off my list, I jumped to B 190. It was even more difficult than a UFO.

After a short break to grab a cheese snack, I tracked down IC 3831. It was better than that graph in An Unpleasant Truth. Then, for a real challenge, I hunted for M 43. It reminded me of George W. Bush. After that, I studied NGC 5827. It seemed almost whispy tendrils of nebulosity. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I sought IC 1143. It gave the appearance of a far-away cloud.

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 phone sex.


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

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