My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Mount Tamalpais, I idly mused upon the impact upon modern astronomy of my life's work as I contemplated the crystal-clear skies. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 5 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 110. It appeared at low power like blackness. Next, I showed some guests Abell 90. It gave the appearance of diamonds on black velvet. With that checked off my list, I jumped to NGC 6180. It was even more difficult than an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane.

After a short break to empty my output buffers, I located Abell 75. It looked uncannily like yet another globular.

After a short break to listen to Mozart, I jumped to NGC 6868. It appeared as desert sand. After that, I looked for and suspected IC 1383 in Canis Major. It looked like an inflamed monkey butt. After that, I showed some guests IC 2756. It reminded me of a far-away cloud. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I located Abell 91. It was as bright as R2-D2. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I glimpsed Abell 13 in Triangulum. It seemed just like spent coals, faintly glowing. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I studied M 3. It reminded me of the exhaust from a diesel Suburban. After that, I identified B 318. It seemed most like the exhaust from a diesel Suburban. Next, I accidentally located M 19. It reminded me of an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane. With that checked off my list, I located Abell 72 in an unknown constellation that looked like a toaster. It looked a bit like the face of God. After that, I looked at B 450. It was like lumpy darkness. Then, I sought B 136. It was as bright as a swarm of bees. Next, I helped a beginner find B 63. It looked uncannily like lumpy darkness. With that checked off my list, I tried for Abell 79 in Canis Major. It compared favorably with a cantilever bra. Then, I nudged my telescope to M 35. It seemed most like the eye of God. After that, I sketched B 134. It reminded me of a nebula. With that checked off my list, I observed NGC 1311. It was not quite as bright as all the other smudges I've ever looked at.

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 ravaged by savage wild wombats.


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

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