Did you try to see Venus next to the waning crescent moon on Monday morning? I was out between 8:00 and 9:00 AM. I immediately found the moon, but could only see it with binoculars. No sign of Venus. Skunked. Since I could only see the moon in binocs I was sure Venus would not be a naked eye object. Back out again around noon to try and spot it. The sky was better now, not as much haze, but this time I was even skunked by the moon. I couldn't find it no matter where I looked, even scanning the sky with my small, wide-field binoculars. Double skunked. Oh, well, these things happen to everyone. Still, one must keep on looking up!