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    Best Binoculars

    hi all,

    just signed up to forum and im quite new to binoculars, i live on the coast and i like to look out to sea from the beach some times see what ships are out there, also i like looking up to sky for planes from my garden, is there one where you can see the plane numbers or will they go blur as i listen to scanners from my shed use computers for fr24 and ships, i have at moment very old pair tasco super zoom 15x-60x27mm when i zoom everything is blur, i have found theses so far but need advice,

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1420169886...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1620929609...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2221417738...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT,

    Garreth

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    can any one help please

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    The considered advice is to avoid zoom binoculars. And heavy. high magnification "observation" ones.

    If you can find them pre-used on eBay, get a pair of Canon Image Stabilised. I have three pairs and the best for general viewing are the 10x30.

    What you lose in magnification is more than compensated by the IS.

    Ask anyone who owns a pair and they'll agree. Not cheap but worth every penny or cent.
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    the 3 i posted they not good enough for what i want to do, not sure i casn afford canon ones currys was selling pair likr 800 quid, from ground, i never see reg number from my garden willi ?

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    as they be like 30.000 feet for example

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    I'd be surprised if you can read a registration at 30,000 feet with any high powered binoculars or telescope.

    I haven't managed it in 60 years but I could be wrong.

    And maybe why Mode-S tracking is so popular.
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    i knew it might be long shot to read reg from my garden as i not no much bout binns, i tohught with techlnogy theses days you never no speically with the star glazing people

    so you still say 10x30 or one thme links i posted using a tripod ?

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    You won't read the registration with the Canon IS either.

    But for seeing the aircraft more clearly and its markings, I found them far superior to higher magnification non-IS ones.

    Find a local shop that will let you try a pair. Then watch out for a used pair on eBay. I managed to get some nearly new ones at less than half the retail price.
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    i dont think i can afford them even on ebay like £300

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    again sorry to be a pain really i am,

    sorry to be a pain, i know i wont see a planes reg number but with theses two would i be able to see the planes markings on a clear day like markings, i know you mentioned the canon is 10x30 but like i need a 2nd morgatage i think, i use cheap 10x25 at moment but feels still far away?

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1620929609...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2221417738...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT,

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