Mbj-11 From Jamaica, joined Aug 2000, 386 posts, RR: 1 Posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6621 times:
Can anyone give advice on the best binoculars I need for spotting? I am looking into one that is 16*50 (I have no idea what that means) for even high altitude aircraft. Is that good or does it fall short?
SpeedbirdEGJJ From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 429 posts, RR: 4 Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6617 times:
To be honest, i have always found a telescope to be better, particularly for high altitude aircraft etc. Not sure what your budget is, but i've always used Kowa Scopes. The one i have now, the Kowa TS-801, is an excellant scope and cost me in the region of £140.
The 16 refers to magnification, anything more that 20x and you'll need a tripod, which for overflight is impractical. The 50 refers to the size of the lens in mm. The larger the size the more light it lets in and gives a clearer image.