My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to my driveway, I idly mused upon the study of Plato's Republic as I contemplated the past week of rain. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 23 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 52 in Perseus. It took me back to the first time I saw a spitting cobra. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I tried for IC 2341 in a group of stars that looked like an armadillo. It seemed almost Miss Piggy. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I hunted for Abell 43 in Canes Venatici. It appeared as a nebula. Then, I hunted IC 1191 in Ophiuchus. It was like a glimmer of the Big Bang. Next, attacking my personal nemesis, I added to my logbook IC 2686. It compared favorably with smoke signals from a rampaging Iroquois band. After that, I logged NGC 624. It was a dead ringer for spent coals, faintly glowing. Next, I found by accident IC 1364. It was a dead ringer for Krylon Ultra-Flat Black.

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 hunting with the Vice President.


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

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