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What's A Good Scope For Spotting?  
User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5931 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.

Thanks!

SmithAir747


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User currently offlineChuffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5895 times:

Hello,
I use a Nikon and can identify planes/liveries of planes leaving trails over my house in North Wales.
When i get home I'll give you the model number

Chuffy


User currently offlineSmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1640 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5892 times:

Quoting Chuffy (Reply 1):
Hello,
I use a Nikon and can identify planes/liveries of planes leaving trails over my house in North Wales.
When i get home I'll give you the model number

Thanks for your reply!

Is your Nikon a one-eyed (monocular) scope? I have only one usable eye, so binoculars would be of no use. Please let me know!

I look forward to knowing what you use!

SmithAir747



I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
User currently offlineChuffy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5886 times:

Hello,
It is a Nikon Angled spotting scope with a 80 degree lens. A picture of one is on Harrisoncameras.co.uk

Hope this is useful

Chuffy


User currently offlineChrisjake From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 879 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 5878 times:

i use 15x70 binoculars and can do the same thing.



chris



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