To reconnoiter an area is to go and get preliminary information about it, especially for military purposes.
A connoisseur is someone who is an appreciative, informed, and knowledgeable judge of the fine arts; they can also just have excellent or perceptive taste in the fine arts without being an expert.
love of or taste for fine objects of art
the act of reconnoitring (especially to gain information about an enemy or potential enemy)
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