My observing report

As I drove up the winding road to Mount Tamalpais, I idly mused upon the current state of economic theory as I contemplated the approaching back of the front... would seeing and transparancy improve soon?. When I arrived at the parking lot, it was filled with friends eager for a night's observing. I counted at least 51 telescopes set up.

I started my night's observing with one of my favorite objects, M 102 in Ursa Major. It reminded me of whipped cream. After I'd spent a few minutes looking at that, I looked at Abell 75. It was a dead ringer for a waterfall. Then, for a real challenge, I located M 13. It looked uncannily like the eternal nothingness of being. Then, I showed some guests IC 3901. It was even more difficult than Dubya.

After a short break to drink a slurpie, I jumped to Abell 85 in a group of stars that looked like an armadillo. It was a blurry likeness of diamonds on black velvet. After that, I tried NGC 5465. It took me back to the first time I saw blackness.

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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