View Full Version : Take the lens cap off you idiot!

06-11-2005, 08:39 PM
Below is the luck I have with my crew... Ship Spotted. Yeah, thanks for the early warning... take off the lens cap! Oh, and turn them around so they appear closer!

No wonder I have trouble finding targets.

WARNING: Objects viewed in the binoculars are closer than they appear!

http://img113.echo.cx/img113/1672/lenscap19mm.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

http://img113.echo.cx/img113/2774/lenscap25kj.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

http://img113.echo.cx/img113/7530/lenscap37sv.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

06-11-2005, 08:47 PM
be glad it was not a destroyer http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

06-11-2005, 08:52 PM
Isn't that because you don't have a watch officer on duty?

06-11-2005, 09:01 PM
its a IXb so he just out of shot to the left (larger bridge)

06-11-2005, 09:21 PM
That guy has a big problem with his view! He needs binoculars to watch a ship 3 meters distant!

06-11-2005, 09:56 PM
The watch officer slot in the bottom left appears to be empty.

06-11-2005, 10:34 PM
Hey, if FOUR guys with binoculars can't spot the darn thing... a fifth probably won't help much! -

But seriously, I don't see the 'ship spotted' dialogue in the scroll area... you are the one who should probably clean your ears out. The scroll shows 21 minutes of activity before the 'we've been spotted' warning.

06-12-2005, 02:02 AM
LOL in the second pic the W.O zooms in on the ships rust and paint job.

as some one already said, its much worse when in thick fog, you get- "CONTACT! WARSHIP MOVING FAST CLOSING, BEARING 180" that means its 300 meters away. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

06-12-2005, 02:29 AM
In that situation, bearing 180 is much better than 00 http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

06-12-2005, 02:44 AM
Its times like that where you need to be able to man the AA guns at the very least. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif
Oh and keel-haul some of the crew. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

06-12-2005, 04:02 AM
Start with the captain.
ALWAYS have a WO in the tower when you are surfaced.

Thick fog. Even with a WO on duty, he prolly wouldn't have reported the ship until it was visible to you too (300 mts http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif).

06-12-2005, 06:33 AM
Originally posted by rls669:
The watch officer slot in the bottom left appears to be empty.

You're right... huh... Wierd... I went back through the screenshots... The deck officer was there when I hit a ship three hours earlier and I killed that one on the surface. I I don't recall submerging during that time.

I guess it is my fault, I'm the captain of the boat. FF55 is such a long patrol... I'm getting sloppy.


06-12-2005, 09:05 PM
I think my crew just doesn't handle the tropical heat... This time everybody was up to speed...
"Its not my fault!" - Han Solo

All I could do was wave.

http://img234.echo.cx/img234/5572/blind23pt.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)

http://img234.echo.cx/img234/3776/blind34bk.jpg (http://www.imageshack.us)


06-13-2005, 03:16 AM
At that distance, the least you could've done was lob a few Stiehlhandgranaten onboard! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

06-13-2005, 05:58 AM
I wish I would have taken a screenshot of the initial view through the UZO.

Ship Spotted! Pan the UZO to bearing 323. Nothing but blue steel plate!

06-13-2005, 06:27 AM
A similar thing happened to me once. I was exiting Scapa Flow south, running submerged and silent. Suddenly a ship starts pinging me (how she knew I was there I'll never figure out). I ask my SO for the nearest contact, and he doesn't find any. So I pop up my periscope and slowly scan the horizon clockwise beginning at 0 degrees. As I reach 170 degrees, the window is filled with the bow of a British V&W Destroyer, approx less than 100 metres away and closing RAPIDLY.
The impact comes half a second later. The destroyer turns hard port and slows down, I knew she wasn't going to stay afloat. She didn't. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
Too bad I didn't have time to Ctrl+F11. Scary moments in the life of a U-boat captain.

A second V&W finds me a few minutes later and manages to run me over in the same fashion (I saw that one coming though). She, too, sinks bow first.

06-13-2005, 07:54 AM
Visibility in heavy rain and fog is less than 400 meters. Many times I've had the watch crew not spot the ship until it's within 300 meters in those circumstances. You're moving at 7 knots. Probably that C2 (that is a C2, isn't it?) is moving at anywhere from 6 to 9 knots. That means you're closing at between 13 and 16 knots effective speed. It doesn't take long to cover 300 meters at that speed.