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9 hours ago, Bartholomew.E.Dogg said:

I would say that the limitations of the spyglass are consistent with trying to use a hand held telescope on a moving deck

 

Its even much harder irl I'd say :)

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The comparison in using binoculars today as opposed to yesteryear needs to take into account several factors among others that modern ships or boats behave quite differently to larger sailings ships. Going 15 to 30 knots is far different to going 8-12 knots. Sea conditions also play a large part. This is not the notoriously rough North Sea either. Neither will a large ship of the line behave like a sailing yacht or motor boat.

It is my opinion that an able and experienced Mariner with his sea legs will have no problem in bringing his glass to bear whilst adjusting to the gentle roll of a ship in a following sea in the Caribbean.

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Up close it's fine:

 

But some distance away the jitter begins:

 

The recording actually makes it look smoother than it does when playing. It really can make it impossible to distinguish between similar ships like ventre or belle.

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