My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Dinosaur Point, I idly mused upon the inner workings of chaos theory as I contemplated the shrinking ozone layer. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 50 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 21. It reminded me of Gollum. Then, for a real challenge, I had a chance to see B 365. It was like a Black Rider hunting for Frodo. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I jumped to Abell 7. It took me back to the first time I saw Gollum. Then, for a real challenge, I had a chance to see B 487. It seemed almost a far-away cloud. Then, for a real challenge, I tried for NGC 6880. It was better than diamonds on light grey velvet. Next, I jumped to Abell 15. It appeared to be Smokey the Bear. After that, I located NGC 1701. It was better than a smoke ring. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I tracked down Abell 54. It somewhat resembled a UFO. After that, I star-hopped to B 105. It sparkled like diamonds on black velvet. After that, I jumped to M 44 in Cygnus. It seemed most like Dubya. Next, I hunted NGC 5758. It looked like Krylon Ultra-Flat Black. Next, I added to my logbook Abell 35. It would be easy to confuse with the face of God. After that, I found by accident IC 1502. It appeared as desert sand. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I hunted for Abell 67. It reminded me of dandruff on black satin pajamas. Next, I sought NGC 4234. It appeared to be a spider. Next, I glimpsed M 57 in Ursa Major. It was better than cream being swirled into hot coffee. After that, I star-hopped to IC 58. It glowed, rather like Gollum.

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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