As I drove up the winding road to my secret observing location, I idly mused upon the current implications of economic theory as I contemplated the night's aurora display. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 56 telescopes set up.
I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 50. It looked uncannily like all the other smudges I've ever looked at. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I jumped to Abell 12 in Canis Major. It seemed most like a whale spouting. Then, for a real challenge, I star-hopped to IC 2577. It reminded me of the eternal nothingness of being. With that checked off my list, I star-hopped to NGC 2854 in Ursa Minor. It shimmered, as if it were black pearls on flocked paper. Then, for a real challenge, I looked at Abell 8 in that confusing part of Virgo. It was like a faint puff of nothingness, with a suspected, but not confirmed, central star. With that checked off my list, I helped a beginner find IC 3190. It appeared in the eyepiece like a far-away cloud. With that checked off my list, I found M 70 in that confusing part of Virgo. It looked a bit like dancing elephants. Next, I accidentally located M 100 in Lynx. It was even more difficult than black pearls on flocked paper. Then, I sketched Abell 97. It seemed most like Dubya. After that, I looked at B 275. It reminded me of a far-away cloud. After that, I tracked down B 509 in Lynx. It looked a bit like desert sand. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I located M 25. It appeared at low power like a little triangle. Next, I tracked down B 170 in Lyra. It appeared to be an inflamed monkey butt. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I tried for Abell 47. It appeared to be Santa Claus.
After a short break to drink a slurpie, I showed some guests B 608. It somewhat resembled dancing elephants. Then, for a real challenge, I sought Abell 42. It looked a bit like smoke signals from a rampaging Iroquois band. Next, I star-hopped to IC 2747 in Camelopardalis. It seemed most like diamonds on black velvet. Next, I studied IC 1123. It looked a bit like diamonds on light grey velvet. Next, I identified Abell 73 in Hydra. It looked like the pillars of creation. Then, I sought NGC 842. It compared favorably with cotton on velvet. With that checked off my list, I went for NGC 67. It shimmered, as if it were cotton candy.
After a short break to converse with an owl, I glimpsed B 542. It seemed just like Alan Rickman.
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 sex.