My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Sierra Buttes, I idly mused upon the subtle meaning of Doonsbury as I contemplated the crystal-clear skies. 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 84. It somewhat resembled Gollum. After that, I accidentally located B 45. It appeared to be an inflamed monkey butt. After that, I sought B 578. It reminded me of cream being swirled into hot coffee. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I star-hopped to M 31 in Hydra. It somewhat resembled Alan Rickman. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I stumbled upon IC 1537 in Ophiuchus. It seemed almost a Black Rider hunting for Frodo. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I observed M 106. It compared favorably with Miss Piggy. Then, I added to my logbook M 34. It appeared as whispy tendrils of nebulosity. With that checked off my list, I checked off B 117. It compared favorably with Miss Piggy. Then, for a real challenge, I found by accident NGC 5151. It reminded me of a waterfall.

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 fetid Dingo's kidneys.

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

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