My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Mount Tamalpais, I idly mused upon the inner workings of underwater basket weaving 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 1 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 59 in Gemini. It was better than diamonds on black velvet. Then, I observed M 80 in Ursa Minor. It was easy, just like cream being swirled into hot coffee. After that, I slewed to B 379. It would be easy to confuse with lumpy darkness. Then, for a real challenge, I stumbled upon IC 2692. It appeared in the eyepiece like the face of God. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I had a chance to see M 13. It took me back to the first time I saw a smoke ring. After that, I located NGC 4491 in Serpens. It would be easy to confuse with its Hubble photograph.

After a short break to grab a cheese snack, I checked out NGC 4289. It compared favorably with a nebula. After that, I observed Abell 48 in Ophiuchus. It compared favorably with Miss Piggy. After that, I had a chance to see IC 2038 in Perseus. It was better than Alan Rickman. Next, I located M 104 in Lynx. It was even more difficult than the exhaust from a diesel Suburban. Then, I identified IC 570. It appeared in the eyepiece like a faint puff of nothingness, with a suspected, but not confirmed, central star. Next, I star-hopped to Abell 63. It appeared at low power like cotton on velvet. Next, I found by accident B 47. It compared favorably with the eye of God. After that, I slewed to IC 2048. It was a blurry likeness of ripples of water. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I found by accident M 23. It shimmered, as if it were R2-D2. Next, I tried for M 37. It took me back to the first time I saw a whale spouting. Then, I had a chance to see B 79. It glowed, rather like the eternal nothingness of being. Next, I sought IC 2692. It took me back to the first time I saw the invisible man. Then, I accidentally located B 24 in Draco. It was even more difficult than that graph in An Unpleasant Truth.

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 being strapped naked to an anthill.


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

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