For aviation viewing you will require a high power/magnification to see the detail.

For hand held use we wouldn’t suggest anything higher than 12x, look for a 12×50 or 12×60, if you are carrying a lot of equipment and size is important to you, a 12×25 or 12×30 will work well in daylight.

Used with a tripod, monopod or other support, higher magnifications would be useful. Many aircraft spotters use a 20×50 monocular to achieve high power in a compact body, a 20×60 binocular is another good choice. For a brighter image with high magnification consider a 15×70 or 20×80 model.

Anti-UV lenses can be helpful, these increase sharpness in bright, hazy conditions.

Tripods & Supports

Olivon TR-152 Tripod