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Slovak AN-26?

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Post by ketko »

Rago wrote:Slovak AN-26?
Thanks for help :)

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Post by Glider »

When looking into the sky, you sometimes can see some nice surprises. This is clear in all the previous posts in this topic. I have some more to add!:

Kenya Airways in approach for Schiphol:
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... ?pos=-8223

PIA Boeing 743, probably coming from MAN:
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... ?pos=-8222

A real surprise: a RAF VC-10 :!: :
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... ?pos=-8221

The Germanwings 'Bearbus' :!: :
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... ?pos=-8218
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... ?pos=-8217

Apart of that, I could also catch a Virgin Atlantic A340:
http://coppermine.luchtzak.be/displayim ... ?pos=-8220

Hope you like them. Feel free to comment!

Rgds,
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Post by Ovostar »

WOW!!! I love the vc-10 one!!! fantastic pics!!!

just a little and stupid question , what does "contrail" means ? telescope ?

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Post by Skystef »

Ovostar wrote:what does "contrail" means
Condensation trail.

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Post by Ovostar »

THANK YOU!!!!! :D :and from which altitude do you have Condensation trail ?

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Ovostar wrote:THANK YOU!!!!! :D :and from which altitude do you have Condensation trail ?
Depends on humidity and temperature: usually between 6km and tropopause. Tropopause is fluctuating in height (somewhere between 8-15km) and it's the inversion layer from which temperature starts to rise. It is also the level at which commercial aircraft want to stay just below, a matter of the most economical cruising level (the colder, the less cost).

Todays conditions for contrail spotting are quite good, as can be noted on my webcam.

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Post by contrailwatcherUK »

excellent pics everyone!! keep them coming.
I havnt seen a contrail for a long time now due to the weather but i managed to see an Arkefly 767 this morning

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Post by Pawel »

HI

What's the matter :roll: So if you don't wanna show photos maybe I do that :wink:
Photo through telescope

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Pawel

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Nice shot Pawel, seems the Coppermine album is experiencing some troubles, so tempo no photos to show that any member has uploaded in there.
Btw, some poor weather last week(s) in Belgium, lots of high clouds, than low clouds, today blue sky, but too dry for contrails.

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Post by contrailwatcherUK »

heading W over south-west england - taken through telescope

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nice shot BTW Pawel!!

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Post by contrailwatcherUK »

Hi,
can someone help me identify this one: picture
taken with Canon 300D 75-300mm lens at 10:35GMT heading W over my house in Dorset, England.


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contrailwatcherUK wrote: can someone help me identify this one?

taken with Canon 300D 75-300mm lens at 10:35GMT heading W over my house in Dorset, England.
Did spent some money :wink: ? Your pic seem to match with one of the two Belgian Defence A310s: pic


With the longer daylight, some east bound traffic can be photographed with back light, but only in early morning or late evening. The horizontal distance is a bit larger than the W bound traffic, hence the smaller planes.

A grip of some evening shots of 03/06.

No contrail, but first time I saw a RYR descending to EBCI taken around 2026LT.
It came from Stockholm (Skavsta) as FR9571 and is presumable EI-DAQ
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A Belgian registered contrailing plane above EBBR, very rare: A300 of EAT cruising E around 2026LT.
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Fedex MD11 cruising E around 2111LT
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Classic shot of Air India B747-400, this time heading E around 2123LT, catching the last sun rays.
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Post by contrailwatcherUK »

Hi,

Thanks for the info skystef, I was lucky to see one out of two planes at contrail height!
The equipment I was using isnt mine, im just borrowing it and have to give it back tomorrow :cry: But I have bought the canon 350D and some attachments for my telescope so i can take better pics through it, which will arrive sometime next week. I also have some mone left over for a lens :D :D

Also some more pics from yesterday:
Delta 767 going W with rainbow contrail :wink:
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@ Skystef: FedEX express MD-11 heading E at around 19:50BST maybe the same one you saw :!: Image
Sorry about quality, this one was on a further away flight path

Saudi Arabian MD-11 heading W at 20:17BST
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Northwest A330? heading W at 15:30BST
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An unknown 767? heading E at 10:06BST(edited to make it clearer)
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Today:
Eirjet A320 heading W at 10:50BST:
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Post by Pawel »

Hi

contrailwatcherUK can You write a time of flight Delta ? Maybe it is flight 88 KBP-JFK ? Im happy because in my neighbourhood Delta flies to/from Kiev :) But I havent seen it yet.

Pawel

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Post by contrailwatcherUK »

Hi Pawel,

The delta pic was taken over my house on airway UN20 at 11:11am on 3rd June. I dont know the flight no. of the one in my pic but im guessing it came from AMS because i see a lot of flights from AMS on that airway. If you want to you can track flight DL88 live on www.flightview.com

CwUK

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Image

I just saw this, and i was just on time to take a picture.
What could be the reason of this??

Technical reason or something.

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Post by Bottie »

SNam wrote:Image

I just saw this, and i was just on time to take a picture.
What could be the reason of this??

Technical reason or something.
Pilot drunk? Or returning to airport of departure?

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Post by pipodeclown »

Where was this picture taken?

Could be an AWACS or Sentry during military exercise, doing large patterns high in the sky.

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Post by SNam »

Picture is taken in Haren(Brussels) near diegem and close to BRU airport.

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