My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to my secret observing location, I idly mused upon the subtle meaning of the internet as I contemplated the threat posed by global warming. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 26 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 2 in Triangulum. It glowed, rather like a little triangle. Then, I tracked down M 51. It shimmered, as if it were the pillars of creation. Then, I sketched Abell 3. It shimmered, as if it were a Black Rider hunting for Frodo.

After a short break to empty my output buffers, I tracked down Abell 58 in Scutum. It reminded me of the pillars of creation. With that checked off my list, I helped a beginner find B 86. It appeared at low power like a far-away cloud. Then, I studied Abell 7 in Sculptor. It was not quite as bright as cream being swirled into hot coffee.

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 yet another town star party with clueless newbies.


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

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