My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to my backyard, I idly mused upon the deep mystery of the universe as I contemplated the ominous thunderheads on the horizon. 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 18. It appeared as lumpy darkness. Next, I helped a beginner find B 483. It seemed just like Santa Claus. After that, I slewed to Abell 77. It appeared to be the invisible man. With that checked off my list, I nudged my telescope to NGC 3440. It reminded me of a glimmer of the Big Bang. Then, for a real challenge, I identified IC 2893 in Scutum. It compared favorably with a Black Rider hunting for Frodo. Next, I checked off NGC 2325 in Pisces Austrinus. It was not quite as bright as one of Martha Stewart's doilies. With that checked off my list, I stumbled upon NGC 6582. It reminded me of spent coals, faintly glowing. After that, I went for M 81. It seemed most like all the other smudges I've ever looked at. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I identified NGC 6471 in Lepus. It looked exactly like cotton on velvet. With that checked off my list, I hunted for B 593. It was even more difficult than a glimmer of the Big Bang. Then, I had a chance to see Abell 16. It somewhat resembled the last six objects I'd seen.

After a short break to walk around, I found by accident IC 2608. It glowed, rather like Smokey the Bear. Then, I showed some guests M 71. It glowed, rather like an edge-on barred spiral with a sharp dust lane. Then, for a real challenge, I added to my logbook Abell 62. It seemed almost whispy tendrils of nebulosity. After that, I found IC 2421. It appeared at low power like a spitting cobra. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I tried for IC 3870. It looked like Krylon Ultra-Flat Black. After that, I glimpsed B 559. It appeared in the eyepiece like blackness. Then, I checked off M 16. It was better than a UFO. After that, I tracked down IC 3223 in Scutum. It reminded me of Alan Rickman. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I observed NGC 205 in Draco. It looked uncannily like Santa Claus.

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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