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General Chat Thread, aircraft spotting. want some binoculars in General; I have a keen interest in civil aviation and would like to know if there are handy binoculars available to ...
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    aircraft spotting. want some binoculars

    I have a keen interest in civil aviation and would like to know if there are handy binoculars available to watch planes flying at a really high altitude from my loft room, say FL350.

    I am looking for binoculars that is strong enough to spot and recognize a plane type and airline flying in clear sky when it is passing over my house.

    When I watch planes crossing in clear blue sky, I wonder what airline could it be.
    The model and price etc of bincoulars will be very helpful. I dont want to spend too much as its only an interest and i'm just curious of the sort of aircraft passing over my house.

    Usually aircraft passing is at a very high altitude, say between 30 -- 40 thousand feet.

    Any suggestions or help will be appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Here you go...

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    Thanks, I have no ideas of what binoculars to get. I dont want to spend too much, budget would be approx 100, could i get some decent ones for this?

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    You're looking at the max mag for your money and a tripod for stability - trying to identify aircraft handheld is going to be difficult even if you have steady hands.

    I use a spotting scope and I love it. It only cost about 149.

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    Have a look at this - Binocular articles

    He has written a book on them and its a very good seller, he was my geography teacher at school so knows a thing or two about them and the outside world etc

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    I'd agree that a spotting scope is the way to go. Aldi had one on offer recently.

    This won't break the bank http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/prod...ucts_id=105302
    Last edited by laserblazer; 7th June 2009 at 06:28 PM.

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    With something like this I would recommend trying them before you buy. I recently bought a pair of binoculars from JM Optics Home - JM Optics Ltd. - Binocular and Scope Specialists who were exhibiting at a local show. I spent some time trying the different models and it was surprising how the quality varied between models of the same spec.

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    I believe there is software that tracks a planes flight path in real time, good enough to narrow it down to ones in your area.

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    Have you got a radio scanner so you can listen to them?

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