My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to the middle of nowhere, I idly mused upon the study of AP Refractors 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 15 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 62. It was a dead ringer for the last six objects I'd seen. Next, I looked at M 107 in Serpens. It was easy, just like whispy tendrils of nebulosity. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I studied IC 720. It compared favorably with the eternal nothingness of being.

After a short break to munch cheesy poofs, I located B 194. It looked a bit like 60 grit carborundum on asphalt. After that, I looked at Abell 89. It reminded me of nothing I'd ever seen before. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I found by accident IC 70 in Lynx. It appeared in the eyepiece like a far-away cloud. After that, I checked out NGC 4124. It reminded me of a smoke ring. After that, I had a chance to see Abell 33. It took me back to the first time I saw one of Martha Stewart's doilies. Then, for a real challenge, I accidentally located Abell 29. It compared favorably with whispy tendrils of nebulosity. Then, for a real challenge, I helped a beginner find Abell 44. It looked like Krylon Ultra-Flat Black. After that, I had a chance to see IC 1412 in Hydra. It took me back to the first time I saw a little triangle. Then, for a real challenge, I located M 24. It appeared to be the invisible man. After that, I had a chance to see NGC 5706. It seemed just like spent coals, faintly glowing. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I slewed to B 546 in Ursa Major. It appeared to be a glimmer of the Big Bang. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I hunted Abell 82. It would be easy to confuse with all the other smudges I've ever looked at. Next, I logged B 196. It reminded me of the face of God.

After a short break to cut some cheese, I looked for and suspected NGC 205. It appeared in the eyepiece like lumpy darkness. After that, I logged NGC 6788 in Canes Venatici. It was easy, just like Miss Piggy. Next, I had a chance to see M 12. It compared favorably with ripples of water. After that, I nudged my telescope to NGC 6824. It was like the last six objects I'd seen. With that checked off my list, I tried NGC 6381 in Lynx. It was like R2-D2.

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 stacking 400 Mars images by hand.


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

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