A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Wayfinding
From: David C
Date: 2020 Mar 30, 21:38 -0700
I have just seen venus in daylight!!!!
At 31/3/2020 0405 UT at 41S 175E I went outside and saw that the moon was clear of cloud. I hurried inside and from the Nautical Almanac app determined that
Sun Az 298° H 22°
Moon Az 020 H 23°
Venus Az 348° H 25°
I immediately noted that venus and the moon were at the same altitudel, separated by 32° in azimuth. That, I reasoned, should make it easy to find venus.
I went back outside and pointed one arm at the moon and the other at 90 degrees, from which I estimated 30 dgrees. Unfortunately there was cloud but it looked as though ithe sky was clear at the altitude of the moon.
I started scanning the sky with 7x50 binoculars. and there it was! A bright pinpoint of light. I am confident that it was not dirt on the lens - it was too bright and moved as my hands shook.
I did not attempt a sight as there is no way I would have seen venus in the AH.
FWIIW I I had been asked to estimate the altitude of the moon I would have said 30° or greater.