Mbj-11 From Jamaica, joined Aug 2000, 386 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7415 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, 430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7411 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.