My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Dinosaur Point, I idly mused upon the deep mystery of the universe 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 37 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 23. It looked a bit like a swarm of bees. Then, for a real challenge, I logged IC 2358 in Triangulum. It glowed, rather like diamonds on light grey velvet. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I added to my logbook IC 2332. It was a dead ringer for a far-away cloud. With that checked off my list, I tried IC 3737. It was as bright as a hamburger. (Hmm, it had been a while since dinner). After that, I nudged my telescope to NGC 1110. It somewhat resembled the invisible man.

After a short break to listen to Mozart, I located M 54. It seemed fainter than Demi Moore.

After a short break to munch cheesy poofs, I identified IC 1377. It glowed, rather like George W. Bush. Next, I looked for and suspected B 324. It appeared in the eyepiece like a far-away cloud. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I added to my logbook Abell 96. It reminded me of whispy tendrils of nebulosity. Then, I found IC 761. It was a dead ringer for a waterfall. Next, I jumped to Abell 93. It compared favorably with fleecy wool. After that, I checked out Abell 32. It glowed, rather like a cantilever bra.

After a short break to have a smoke, I jumped to Abell 10. It was not quite as bright as desert sand.

After a short break to empty my output buffers, I identified NGC 1370. It seemed fainter than dancing elephants. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I checked out Abell 82. It seemed most like that graph in An Unpleasant Truth.

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 sex.


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

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