A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2018 Dec 27, 12:23 -0800
While looking at the sky here a moment ago, it dawned on me that the rule I gave for the Venus offset disagrees with the one that I have used before. I wrote:
That distance is given to good approximation by a simple expression which is 90% of the semi-diameter of Venus, and since Venus (at the cloudtops) is about 96% of the diameter of the Earth, the SD of Venus is about 0.96·p (p for parallax of Venus), so we have
S = 0.86 · p.
Instead, I suggest using (as I have previously) the SD of Venus minus a tenth of a minute:
S = 0.96·p - 0.1'.
Sorry for the confusion!