SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1619 posts, RR: 29 Posted (8 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5300 times:
I'm a regular LHR spotter (actually photographer). Often, my fellow LHR spotters will pull out some kind of binoculars or telescope to point at some very distant aircraft either approaching LHR or flying overhead. With these scopes, they are able to identify these distant aircraft, which amazes me! (To my naked eye, these distant aircraft are just dots).
How powerful are these telescopes? How far can they see?
I tried a telescope today (borrowed from another LHR spotter), and could recognise an approaching Swiss A320(?) from over a mile or two away from LHR runway 27R.
What would be the best telescope to get for LHR spotting (and overhead aircraft ID)? I would like to get a one-eyed scope.
Since I have just one functioning eye, binoculars are out of the question, so I just want a telescope for one eye. What would be the best one for seeing distant overhead aircraft and aircraft approaching LHR runways?
Please let me know what kind of spotting scope (for one-eyed folks like me) would be best, and where I can find one.
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