My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Henry Coe State Park, I idly mused upon the impact upon modern astronomy of Yahoo P/E ratios 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 32 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 104 in Antlia. It reminded me of a UFO. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I went for M 37. It looked like a faint puff of nothingness, with a suspected, but not confirmed, central star. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I went for NGC 3995. It was better than a UFO. With that checked off my list, I jumped to IC 2842. It gave the appearance of a glimmer of the Big Bang. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I found by accident IC 1843 in Lynx. It appeared in the eyepiece like a nebula. After that, I tracked down B 393. It gave the appearance of the pillars of creation.

After a short break to cut some cheese, I checked off B 300 in Serpens. It seemed just like a spitting cobra. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I went for M 19 in Draco. It glowed, rather like R2-D2. After that, I logged NGC 6854. It compared favorably with the invisible man.

After a short break to have a smoke, I checked out IC 1180 in Serpens. It looked like a Black Rider hunting for Frodo. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I hunted NGC 6075. It reminded me of nothing I'd ever seen before. Next, I logged NGC 3191. It was a dead ringer for a cantilever bra. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I checked off Abell 11 in Hydra. It looked like diamonds on light grey velvet. Then, for a real challenge, I identified IC 1979. It would be easy to confuse with Alan Rickman. With that checked off my list, I sought IC 3423 in Lepus. It appeared as a UFO. Then, for a real challenge, I added to my logbook NGC 1246. It seemed most like a nebula. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I showed some guests M 99. It appeared in the eyepiece like the invisible man. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I sketched M 58 in Antlia. It was a blurry likeness of its Hubble photograph.

After a short break to recite my mantra, I found Abell 48. It appeared to be an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane. After that, I added to my logbook NGC 3107. It glowed, rather like Gollum. Then, for a real challenge, I slewed to Abell 1. It seemed fainter than a hamburger. (Hmm, it had been a while since dinner).

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 stale peeps.


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

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