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pipodeclown wrote:Is the MH cruising E or W bound on your picture? I guess it is E bound?
E bound is correct.

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Hey Bruspotter, what kind of binoculars do you use to look at the planes at that altitude (25000-35000 feets)?

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Hi

I look planes by Yukon Telescope 20-50x50

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Post by contrailwatcherUK »

I also use a telescope to look at contrailing a/c.
I am currently using a 35x magnification eyepiece which is good enough to see the airline colours.

Does anyone use a different eyepiece?

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Hi to all bluesky contrailspotters! :P:D

KLM671:
Hey Bruspotter, what kind of binoculars do you use to look at the planes at that altitude (25000-35000 feets)?


Haha :lol: you might maybe not believe me...but a simple 10x25 (1000m = 96m). And believe me or not , most of the time I am pretty correct with the identification although the light is my biggest enemy , from the moment the planes are even a fraction more to the south (to the sun) from my point of view , it makes them already 50% harder to identify or simply impossible...type neither airline can be seen than :( . But anyway...if they're in the north you can easily spot them quite correct...All types should be pretty good visible (small planes best not higher than 29500ft for good recognition. Bigger planes can easily spotted correctly up to 37000 or even 40000ft. Of course another parameter for that is the position. The best position for contrails for me is about a mile or two further to the north than the point that I am standing. Preferably without contrail :P Because that are often LH planes from FRA heading to the USA or Carribean (LTU , DE , ...) about 26000ft-27000ft, still climbing out of FRA :P ( about 20 minutes airborne).

So to make a long story short. Yes , I CAN see them well , although some better material WOULD be awesome!!!!:P As long as the light is not in my way it's fine. And if they're not to far , or not right above me (sometimes kind a hard to identify if you only see the underside :D (except BA :D).

Best regards: Yannick ;)

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Thank you for telling me Yannick! I will buy a binocular to have some fun!

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My first post here in this topic :D . Some contrails over BRU on saterday 28/01/06, not the best quality but here they are:

Gulf Air A340 eastbound
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Volga Dnepr AN-124 westbound
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Qantas 747 eastbound
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As could be seen on my home webcam also good opportunities on Sunday January 29 2006.

Around 1400LT a B747-400 of Lufthansa heading W.
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Around 1710LT an A330-200 of MyTravel Airways was cruising W.
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Around 1720LT, the last rays of Sun touched this DC10 of Gemini, cruising W.
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westwings wrote:My first post here in this topic :D . Some contrails over BRU on saterday 28/01/06, not the best quality but here they are:

Gulf Air A340 eastbound
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Volga Dnepr AN-124 westbound
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Qantas 747 eastbound
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yipeeeeee a gulfair super pic :D :D :D

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Post by contrailwatcherUK »

Indeed very nice conditions at the weekend, here are some of mine...
(I apolagize for the poor quality)

Continental 767 seen 14:10 GMT Heading W:
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... &pos=-7619

Korean air? 777 seen 15:20 GMT Heading W:
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... &pos=-7617

Virgin Atlantic 747 seen 14:30 GMT Heading W:
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... &pos=-7618

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Hi
contrailwatcherUK wrote: Korean air? 777 seen 15:20 GMT Heading W:
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... &pos=-7617
I think it is B757 Thomsonfly :wink:

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Post by SN_Bigbirdy »

Isn't that a Mytravel plane? I think I can see a large red sticker front left of the wings :?

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or uzbekistan 767?

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I am sure it is not China southern 777, it can't be Korean air, because their blue does not go that much under the fuselage.

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contrailwatcherUK wrote: Korean air? 777 seen 15:20 GMT Heading W:
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... &pos=-7617
Very likely a Thomsonfly B767-300.


Today January 30 more sun with one highlight.

Around 1520LT this B747SP A9C-HMH of Bahrain Royal Flight heading W.
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My guess is also for a Britannia/Thomasonfly plane. Defenitely not a 757, but a 767 series! My guess is the short one, although not sure.

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February 1 2006, after the smog some sunny spells in afternoon giving a few contrail shots.
Again I saw the A9C-HMH cruising W, around 1640LT.


1443LT: this B747-400 of cargolux came from the NNW and lost its contrail on its way to ELLX.
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1446LT: the "Blue Peters" BA 752 G-CPEM was heading home, sadly a bit too zenithal.
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Hello

No thanks KLM671! Hope you have fun. The binoculars that I use should not be too expensive. But you can always buy a better one.

Best regards: Yannick ;)

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yes, i am having fun (not on cloudy days tough! :lol: ), thanks again for the suggestion you gave me!

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This 747 of UPS was seen from miles away. The photo was taken through my telescope just after sunset last sunday:
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... 0217&pos=0

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