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Best Binoculars For Spotting

Wed Aug 02, 2006 10:26 pm

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?
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RE: Best Binoculars For Spotting

Wed Aug 02, 2006 11:04 pm

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.

Quoting Mbj-11 (Thread starter):
16*50 (I have no idea what that means)

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.

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RE: Best Binoculars For Spotting

Thu Aug 03, 2006 2:19 am

i've got a pair of these: http://garrettoptical.com/_wsn/page12.html

works extremely well for aircraft at altitude.

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