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.