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.