i'm wondering about tank and especially recce vehicle optics.
AFAIK, there were two optical systems:
1, periscopes or direct sight blocks (and variants)
2, gun aiming optics;
I wonder tough why no more optics of a bit better magnification were carried ? I'm specifically thinking of higer magnification + larger aperture size optics.
if these were not carried , why ? Was it due to doctrinal issues or production limitations ?
I guess (especially for recce vehicles) having something at least in binocular size (say 8 x40 or 10 x 50 or so) would be an enormous help in scanning the terrain ahead of you in detail.
I remember from the Chieftain's videos (but might be mistaken) that the gunners' sight would be used to scan the terrain in more detail, but i guess this was a rather clumsy affair to do (altought when the gunner saw a target he would ofc have it directly in his sights)
I guess crew could alwas carry smallish binoculars, but were these useful for someone sticking his head out of a hatch to use ?
What about a small telescope mounted on the TC hatch (or even the loaders hatch) ?
Thanks for any answers.
Edited by Inhapi, 31 January 2020 - 1048 AM.