Mark that was tongue in cheek but there are people on all kind of forums that just do that, scouring sites to see where people live and what kind of equipment they have.
I also do astrophotography besides 4w driving and it is an very......
Seems we have similar passions with the astro gear.
I agree 100% with what you said. Lots out there who do the midnight spares thing.
as for the Insurance comment, yes correct, They do go through sites and keep records of insured vehicles for that very reason. My cousin works for one and that is her job exactly. They call it an "insurace" that can help them dishonour a claim especially if the mods have not been disclosed to them when signing up.
have fun with the astro buddy.