As I drove up the winding road to my backyard, I idly mused upon the deep mystery of the universe 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 2 telescopes set up.
I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 18. It appeared as lumpy darkness. Next, I helped a beginner find B 483. It seemed just like Santa Claus. After that, I slewed to Abell 77. It appeared to be the invisible man. With that checked off my list, I nudged my telescope to NGC 3440. It reminded me of a glimmer of the Big Bang. Then, for a real challenge, I identified IC 2893 in Scutum. It compared favorably with a Black Rider hunting for Frodo. Next, I checked off NGC 2325 in Pisces Austrinus. It was not quite as bright as one of Martha Stewart's doilies. With that checked off my list, I stumbled upon NGC 6582. It reminded me of spent coals, faintly glowing. After that, I went for M 81. It seemed most like all the other smudges I've ever looked at. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I identified NGC 6471 in Lepus. It looked exactly like cotton on velvet. With that checked off my list, I hunted for B 593. It was even more difficult than a glimmer of the Big Bang. Then, I had a chance to see Abell 16. It somewhat resembled the last six objects I'd seen.
After a short break to walk around, I found by accident IC 2608. It glowed, rather like Smokey the Bear. Then, I showed some guests M 71. It glowed, rather like an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane. Then, for a real challenge, I added to my logbook Abell 62. It seemed almost whispy tendrils of nebulosity. After that, I found IC 2421. It appeared at low power like a spitting cobra. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I tried for IC 3870. It looked like Krylon Ultra-Flat Black. After that, I glimpsed B 559. It appeared in the eyepiece like blackness. Then, I checked off M 16. It was better than a UFO. After that, I tracked down IC 3223 in Scutum. It reminded me of Alan Rickman. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I observed NGC 205 in Draco. It looked uncannily like Santa Claus.
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 phone sex.