A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Tony Oz
Date: 2021 May 14, 01:18 -0700
I did it!
We came to my favourite spot (the 60°N;30°E) when the Sun was still at ~6° above the horizon. It took me almost an hour to find the Moon. The screscent was very thin, I never saw such a "young" Moon before.
Since then I tracked the Moon with a binocular on a tripod, trying to see the Mercury and Venus.
I could see the Mercury (with my binocular, not by naked eye, alas!) only after the sunset - when it got a bit darker. The Venus was very low by then - almost at ~2°.
I'm happy, - the Mercury was the last planet from the ancient list of the celestial objects I did not consciously see - comprehending what I was looking at. Several years ago I first saw the Saturn in a similar way - it was near the Moon too.
I think the next date to see the Mercury will be in the beginning of September (2021), when it will be at its' aphelion AND at its' large(st) elongation simultaneously.