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User currently offlineBoeingpride800 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 430 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 4228 times:

Hi. I just wanted to say something about this. Lately, I have been listening to ATC on my radioshack scanner. I bought a pare of good small binoculars. Every time I see an aircraft overhead I can see them really good. And I can even just make out the planes that are @ 30,000 feet.
I recently viewd a United 777 o/c. I could tell because of the wing shape, dark blue, and the silver streaks on the belly of the old colors. I also saw an A319 with red, white, and blue tail. I wasn't sure what that was. Today I saw a United n/c Boeing 737. It could have been a B6 A320 but pretty sure it was UA. I also saw a MD-80 maybe Delta. What have you guys seen? I also wanted to know if this would work better if I got a telescope. Thanks.

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User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 4090 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 months 10 hours ago) and read 4215 times:

Well, you could use a telescope, but you have to keep in mind that the closer you "zoom" in to the bird, the faster it will move, or the more precisely you have to move your telescope to keep up with it. But since you will be on a tripod, and you have a lot of leverage when moving, you might be better off than with a handheld binocular. The most tricky part IMO is finding the bird in the first place. You might end up in the neighbor's bathroom window. Damn... been there, done that...

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User currently offlineMsp753nwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 4199 times:

Hi, I have 20x70 binoculars, what are yours? I can see them landing on 12L and 12R. And the place where I work (and live) in the summer I can see the departures from I think the 12s. So a lot of NW.

Birdwatching, Hey that was an "accident". Big grin  Wink


Going Boeing
User currently offlineBoeingPride800 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 430 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 12 months 8 hours ago) and read 4190 times:

I don't have much. Mine are 8X21.

User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5012 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4139 times:

When I'm at my grampa's house, I go into his backyard and take out the binoculars... If visibility is good, I can see departures from SAN, which is at least 10 miles away from his house... Can't identify an airline from that distance, but definitely type... Also, some A/C on approach to SAN fly over, and I can recognize airline and type... It's fun when I can't actually go to the airport to take pix...

Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineJamesbuk From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 3968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4072 times:

i dont need binoculars even though ive got them because im under the main flight path to spain and that way from luton and some times heathrow !!
the planes fly over at 10,000ft i can tell this as at night you see them turn off the landing lights over my way
yesterday i saw a virgin 747 lol
a a340 not sure on airline looked lufthansa
10x easyjet 738
3X easyjet a318 i think or a319 cant remeber what they operatea
also unidentified 757's a330 767's

alot of my friends call me sad as i can look up and say oh look theres a a340 heading south and changing heading to ...
but i call it a talent

You cant have your cake and eat it... What the hells the point in having it then!!!
User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4050 times:

alot of my friends call me sad as i can look up and say oh look theres a a340 heading south and changing heading to ...

Haha, I know what you mean. Sometimes while walking out to my car, I will say something like, "Oh, there's the SAS A330 coming in." I look down and everyone just has a confused look on their faces. Big grin

I also can tell what runway is being used at EWR depending on what direction the planes are flying over our school, and that also tends to freak people out.


Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5557 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4065 times:

I don't need binoculars as well as I live under an approach path to 30L at MSP. Now with the new N/S runways coming in, they will be on final over my house. Either way, I do own a nice pair of binoculars. Let's just say I can read the lettering on the aircraft (name of airline, not reg.) and I can definitely see all the windows!!

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