It’s a challenge every month to spot the New Moon after sunset by naked eye (or eyeglasses) as early as possible. I use the term New Moon in its traditional sense of one’s first sighting of the Moon after its monthly solar conjunction (Dark Moon). The Dark Moon (which some call New Moon) will be in geocentric longitudinal conjunction with the Sun on 2017 OCT 19 at 19:12 UT (14:12 CDT).
The more than one-day-old Moon after sunset on October 20 may present an opportunity to set personal records. The the sharp angle at which the ecliptic strikes the horizon at sunset during the summer and autumn usually makes the spotting of a very young Moon difficult. But at this point in the 18.6-year nodal cycle the early evening crescent rides north of the ecliptic at this time of year, which is helpful.
Also above is a link to a panorama including all Diana’s Bows in 2017. Those are waxing crescent Moons about 10% illuminated and aged about three days. The name is a reference to the archery equipment of the ancient Roman Goddess of Hunting and the Moon. The graphic nicely illustrates how the season of the year affects the viewing of a waxing crescent Moon.