A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Bruce J. Pennino
Date: 2015 Nov 19, 10:59 -0500
I use a Astra 3 B with 4 x 40 scope and a Whole Horizon Mirror fitted to shoot Venus during the day. I have lost count of how many times i have had intercepts of under 1 nautcal mile with the odd 0.0 turning up on occasion . When i see the bright speck of light that is Venus i am always satisfied with a job done to the best of my ability.
Gregs Rudzinski's mention of using a Sun Spot to focus to infinity is a fantastic tip that i am eager to put into practice.
If Nav list members are interested i have numerous daytime Venus sights fully hand documented with all the working and plot .I use HO:229 with the Nautical Almanac. After doing the long hand stuff i cross check results with Star Pilot and Navigator software both of which are superb and user friendly pieces of software.
I have managed to shoot Jupiter during the day once or twice , one need a very clear sky to get this done.
Compared to the legends of Astro Nav found on Nav List I am but a hack .
Kind Regards , Paul Jackson.