My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to my backyard, I idly mused upon the inner workings of my 401K as I contemplated the approaching back of the front... would seeing and transparancy improve soon?. 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 4 in Corvus. It glowed, rather like the invisible man. With that checked off my list, I slewed to Abell 76. It looked like Demi Moore. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I hunted for M 33 in Sagittarius. It looked exactly like spent coals, faintly glowing. Next, I checked out B 277. It took me back to the first time I saw a spitting cobra. Then, I added to my logbook IC 2868. It was better than a whale spouting. Then, for a real challenge, I located Abell 44. It was not quite as bright as a waterfall. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I star-hopped to B 224. It appeared at low power like that graph in An Unpleasant Truth. With that checked off my list, I went for M 101. It seemed most like the face of God. After that, I sought Abell 32 in Canes Venatici. It compared favorably with the pillars of creation.

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.


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

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