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mike_espo
04-22-2004, 05:44 PM
Anybody consider changing the default dotrange of 14km? Is it realistic to see aircraft at 9 miles?

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mike_espo
04-22-2004, 05:44 PM
Anybody consider changing the default dotrange of 14km? Is it realistic to see aircraft at 9 miles?

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ZG77_Lignite
04-22-2004, 07:24 PM
I'm gonna bump this espo because maybe someone smarter than myself will post, but I believe that the 'dotrange' command does not actually refer to the 'dots' (enemy aircraft at long distance) but to some icon setting. Apologies if this is incorrect, as I don't know, I'm parroting forgotten information read on 'less-than-genius' level forums at some point far in the past.

P.S. 9 miles seems reasonable to me, though no doubt it realistically would depend 100% on the weather conditions at the time, thus it may be significantly further or closer, not to mention altitudes, lighting, pilot eyesight, etc.

Aviar
04-22-2004, 07:40 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ZG77_Lignite:
I'm gonna bump this espo because maybe someone smarter than myself will post, but I believe that the 'dotrange' command does not actually refer to the 'dots' (enemy aircraft at long distance) but to some icon setting. Apologies if this is incorrect, as I don't know, I'm parroting forgotten information read on 'less-than-genius' level forums at some point far in the past.

P.S. 9 miles seems reasonable to me, though no doubt it realistically would depend 100% on the weather conditions at the time, thus it may be significantly further or closer, not to mention altitudes, lighting, pilot eyesight, etc.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


The DOT parameter does indeed control the farthest distance at which an aircraft can be seen (depending on conditions, of course). This includes friendly as well as enemy planes...http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

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3.JG51_Stecher
04-22-2004, 11:19 PM
From what I've read, it seems to be the official consensus that an aircraft can be clearly spotted (not identified) at 7 miles, given good eyesight and visibility conditions. The Aeronautical Information Manual states the 7 mile distance numerous times when describing the cut off for visibility levels. Visibility less than 7 miles activates different procedures, suggesting that they expect to be able to see it at that distance under normal visibility.

The way dots appear in FB is not instantaneous when an aircraft reaches the assigned DOT value, which by default is 14. Once in range, the dot slowly fades in, taking 2-3 km to fully appear as a solid dot. This puts the clearly visible dot perfectly at the real life distance of 7 miles (11.2654 km). So basically, using the default DOT value gives you almost exactly the same visibility to initially pick up aircraft in the sky as we have in real life.

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WUAF_Badsight
04-23-2004, 06:55 AM
the higher your screen resolution the later Dots become visible