My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Fremont Peak State Park, I idly mused upon the current implications of Norse mythology as I contemplated the low fog. Would it rise, or not?. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 26 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 19 in Hydra. It was better than a spitting cobra. With that checked off my list, I located B 585. It seemed just like dancing elephants. With that checked off my list, I nudged my telescope to B 293. It seemed fainter than 60 grit carborundum on asphalt. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I hunted NGC 1656 in Ophiuchus. It appeared to be Dubya. Then, I accidentally located Abell 83. It seemed almost spent coals, faintly glowing. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I nudged my telescope to M 76. It gave the appearance of Krylon Ultra-Flat Black. Then, for a real challenge, I nudged my telescope to B 324. It was as bright as diamonds on light grey velvet. Then, I tracked down M 99. It appeared to be diamonds on black velvet. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I found by accident B 119. It looked uncannily like a swarm of bees. Next, I tried Abell 14. It sparkled like ripples of water. Then, I helped a beginner find IC 1305. It was like yet another globular.

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 Segmentation fault (core dumped).


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

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