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Questions About Eghl And LCY  
User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Posted (6 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3629 times:

I'll be in London for a week next month, not really to go spotting, but I may just find some time (why I would in this fabulous city, I'm not sure yet)... I'll be staying near the Bond Street tube, and might find my way to LCY, not planning to go to any of the other airports - too far. I believe our trip also includes one day at Lasham.

My main questions:

1. Is LCY worth going to? traffic/accessibility...

2. Will I need to carry my 170-500mm lens across the pond, or will a 200mm lens suffice, for both those airports?

3. Any useful advice?


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User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3597 times:

Hi, TransIsland,

My views:

Quoting TransIsland (Thread starter):
1. Is LCY worth going to? traffic/accessibility...

Yes, very much so!

Quoting TransIsland (Thread starter):
2. Will I need to carry my 170-500mm lens across the pond, or will a 200mm lens suffice, for both those airports?

It depends on ruway use at LCY - for both ends at 10/28, 200mm is good, however if you are lazy and don't feel like walking to them, take the long lens and shoot from the car parking area near the terminal.  Smile

You'd be well served by a long lens at Lasham - some of the parked a/c are very distant, but often make for good catches.

Quoting TransIsland (Thread starter):
3. Any useful advice?

Take the Tube (Central Line to Bank) then change there onto the DLR for City Airport - a quick Google of the surrounding area will show you it's about 20min walk to 28 threshold and 10min to 10. The 28 threshold is awesome - you can also catch a bus to it (though you do need an Oyster card unless you feel like spending £2 each way on the bus alone  Smile ) though the number escapes me now.

If you search on www.tfl.gov.uk/journeyplanner for a route from 'City Airport' to 'Bancule Bridge', you'll be fine.

If you need any more advice, feel free to message me  Smile

Cheers,

Toni



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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 3581 times:

Thanks a lot. I guess I'll bring the big lens after all...


I'm an aviation expert. I have Sky Juice for breakfast.
User currently offlineCopySouthwest From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3562 times:

For LCY photography it would be better to get the DLR to Royal Albert, its a 1 min walk from there to a a great viewing area across the dock from the runway and terminal.

Take a look at the map, the dock is immediately south of the station: http://tinyurl.com/6oux7f


A really nice location, the 200mm should be fine.



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User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3529 times:

Hi CopySouthwest,

That's not a bad place - but if it's anything other than a summer morning, it'll result in all the pictures being backlit. I personally always feel very far from the action there - so much so that I have walked to 28 from there many a time...

There is another option to get to 28 - go to Gallions Reach DLR and walk south. It's a much more interesting place to be with arrivals low over the bridge!

Cheers,

Toni

[Edited 2008-07-16 01:29:19]


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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3519 times:



Quoting Metroliner (Reply 4):


That's not a bad place - but if it's anything other than a summer morning, it'll result in all the pictures being backlit.

Thanks for more hints here. I feared that'd be a backlight location when I looked at the map - and no, I am not an early bird...  Wink

Of course, my ideal setting would be a pub where I can sit outside and watch the action. Any such place?

Oh, one more question: Are ATC scanners legal in the UK? Or even advisable? Or will concerned citizens be even more likely to call the authorities if the terrorist suspect not only takes photos but listens to ATC, too...



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User currently offlineLasham From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 226 posts, RR: 17
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3510 times:
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Quoting TransIsland (Thread starter):
I believe our trip also includes one day at Lasham

Hi

One day at Lasham. Are you over for the National Championships in August



No sun no fun
User currently offlineMictheslik From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3506 times:



Quoting TransIsland (Reply 5):
Of course, my ideal setting would be a pub where I can sit outside and watch the action. Any such place?

Only MAN as far as I'm aware :P

.mic


User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3500 times:



Quoting Lasham (Reply 6):
Are you over for the National Championships in August

I'll be in Lasham on August 17th. My brother is going gliding at 2pm, and I wasn't about to miss a trip to an airport...  Wink



I'm an aviation expert. I have Sky Juice for breakfast.
User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3495 times:



Quoting Mictheslik (Reply 7):

Only MAN as far as I'm aware :P

Bummer. England is not living up to its reputation...  Wink



I'm an aviation expert. I have Sky Juice for breakfast.
User currently offlineLasham From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 226 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3487 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
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Quoting TransIsland (Reply 8):
I'll be in Lasham on August 17th. My brother is going gliding at 2pm, and I wasn't about to miss a trip to an airport

Sounds a good idea. Never been up in a glider only the tug aircraft. August is not very busy for Airliners at Lasham, and even at busy times it only gets one or two aircraft each week!
Still worth a visit as you never know what might turn up.
Im away in Aug so have a good time.

Tony



No sun no fun
User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2046 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3456 times:



Quoting Lasham (Reply 10):
Im away in Aug so have a good time.

I'll try my best. And if nothing big shows up, there's still the gliders - something we don't have here...  Wink



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