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Skystef wrote:No doubt about this airframe: must be G-VBUS of Virgin Nigeria cruising to EGLL on August 29.
Indeed, I like how Virgin added a Nigeria finish to the plane by painting the 4 jets in green (national Nigerian colour) as well as contour of the tailfin.

Does anyone have any more pictures of contrails (even some they are not sure of the airline)?

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When I have the time later this week, I'll post some

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hi everybody.

i've got an unknown airliner which i have seen through my telescope criusing at 30000 ft on the ur37 flight path from cork in ireland to southampton. i am unsure of the aircraft but my guess would be a 737 or a320. it has a plain yellow tail and the rest of the aircraft is white. i'll try to take a photo through my telescope next time i see it.

anyone know of the airline :?:

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Captain wrote: Does anyone have any more pictures of contrails (even some they are not sure of the airline)?
I'll post once in a while some shots near EBBR in this topic. Btw it may also be used for any questions (with or without photos) regarding contrail shots.

For now I can't help U contrailwatcherUK, perhaps with a photo or somebody in the U.K. self?

Below is also an easy airframe to recognize, cruising to the east on August 27, and it ain't a DHL plane ;).

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Got to be this one I think:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/864376/L/

One of the most fascinating airlines in my eyes...
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Tommypilot wrote:Got to be this one I think:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/864376/L/

One of the most fascinating airlines in my eyes...
Again... correct by U.

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Hi

Indeed. The GF 330.

Really nice. Saw the magnificant bird flying over 26/08 under the same circomstandences. Really nice.

Wish I had a cam as good as that one :p

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Bruspotter wrote:Wish I had a cam as good as that one :p
Well, save some money then... :)
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Hi Tommy
Well, save some money then... icon_smile.gif


Now that's a good reply. But don't remind me. :( Am busy with that. But I want some good stuff than...so if someone could tell me HOW much at about I have to save :D (bottie , Vonsmal :D:D:D ...anyone.)

PM is fine ;)

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Post by contrailwatcherUK »

i think the airline with the yellow tail could be condor :?:
perhaps without the logo on tail.
check out this photo:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/884910/M/

on second thoughts centurion air cargo:

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/895611/L/
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contrailwatcherUK wrote:i think the airline with the yellow tail could be condor :?:
Always difficult to give answers when not even sure about the type :wink: .

This one was quite easy to read off, one of the two B767-300 of Skyservice presumable cruising to Canada, taken around 1945 local time on August 30.

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When regi under wing is big enough (like the Korean planes) it can be more or less read off.

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In this case HL74.4 was read off, cruising to the West on August 25 2005 at 1813 local time. I would most appreciate it if someone could provide me the missing number (thought is was a 5, but that frame does not exist).

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No bigger photo? It's visible, but I can't read it in 1280 * 1024
Tot hier en verder

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Its this one I think...

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/848927/L/


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Airbus_fan wrote:No bigger photo? It's visible, but I can't read it in 1280 * 1024
Edited original post with a larger picture, my first guess was also like Tommy said: HL7494.

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Maybe not the right topic but :

What are the best settings to take contrail shots?

thx

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thomascookie wrote:Maybe not the right topic but :
What are the best settings to take contrail shots?
It is the right topic.


I can only speak from my own experience:

concerning time and aperture I use the manual button on my camera, use manual focusing, and use of course 500 mm digi lens. Afterwards a bit photoshopping is needed like cropping, resizing, sharpening and adjust the white or color balance.

Camera settings of most digi photographs on the internet can be viewed by downloading a program to get the exif values. I use one of these: http://home.pacbell.net/michal_k/

Simply download the image in a map on your pc, and then run the installed program, browse the map and settings will become visible.

Hope this will help.


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Post by lumumba »

Hi everybody.
Fantastic the pictures you made!
Thax and let them come more I love them.
Pat
Hasta la victoria siempre.

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Skystef wrote:
Airbus_fan wrote:No bigger photo? It's visible, but I can't read it in 1280 * 1024
Edited original post with a larger picture, my first guess was also like Tommy said: HL7494.

Brgrds S
Looking to the largerversion of the Korean I would go for the HL7434. If you enlarge the picture a little bit you see that it can't be a 9 as there is a rounding in the lower part of the number.

HL7434: http://www.airliners.net/open.file/894788/L/ from Korean Air Cargo.

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After looking more closely with Photoshop I'am sure it is a 3 or a 5. But since the 5 doesn't exist, it has to be the 3.

I like contrail spotting, I always use this scope http://www.skywatchertelescope.com/1025.html it's a nice scope for astronomy, but is suites perfectly for contrail spotting. And it can be used as a fixed 510mm lens

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