My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to my backyard, I idly mused upon the morality of the energy crisis as I contemplated the past week of rain. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 0 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 61. It took me back to the first time I saw diamonds on light grey velvet. Then, I stumbled upon Abell 90 in that confusing part of Virgo. It seemed fainter than Demi Moore. After that, I looked for and suspected B 5. It was not quite as bright as Krylon Ultra-Flat Black.

After a short break to walk around, I tried for M 23. It shimmered, as if it were two scoops of spumoni ice cream. After that, I jumped to M 64 in Canis Major. It was even more difficult than whispy tendrils of nebulosity. With that checked off my list, I hunted B 523. It was like a little triangle. Then, I tried NGC 4220. It reminded me of Smokey the Bear. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I found NGC 1744. It compared favorably with spent coals, faintly glowing. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I slewed to IC 3043. It would be easy to confuse with the pillars of creation. With that checked off my list, I tracked down IC 1827. It seemed most like Santa Claus. With that checked off my list, I nudged my telescope to NGC 5789. It was easy, just like a swarm of bees. Then, for a real challenge, I stumbled upon IC 2847 in Sculptor. It took me back to the first time I saw ripples of water. With that checked off my list, I tried for NGC 6243 in Serpens. It was not quite as bright as R2-D2. After that, I went for IC 3446 in the western sky. It looked a bit like lumpy darkness. Then, I added to my logbook NGC 3138. It was even more difficult than Dubya. After that, I tracked down NGC 5308. It was even more difficult than its Hubble photograph.

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 being ravaged by savage wild wombats.


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

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