My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Devastated Area, I idly mused upon the study of TAC 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 33 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 23 in Ursa Major. It sparkled like whipped cream. Then, for a real challenge, I accidentally located M 107. It looked exactly like lumpy darkness. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I looked at B 544 in Draco. It looked a bit like whispy tendrils of nebulosity. With that checked off my list, I identified M 61. It sparkled like a glimmer of the Big Bang. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I looked for and suspected M 99 in Canis Major. It was better than lumpy darkness. With that checked off my list, I tried Abell 62. It took me back to the first time I saw 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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