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Spotting At MCO Level 9  
User currently offlineRinkopr From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 4 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7416 times:

I hit the only place MCO permits spotting after providing a "use of facilities" form at the GOAA offices. In the office they were nice enough, and did not seem to be bothered that I wanted to shoot at their location (maybe it was the clean shirt). I also asked if setting up my tripod inside the terminal would be permitted since I wanted to get some long exposure of the fountain and was told that would be fine.
I took some test shots on level 9 where it is permitted and wanted to share so others can see what has been posted previously. You really need a "reach out" lens.



Both were shot from the permitted location which is a parking deck they call Level 9 on top of the terminal building. The lens was a 70-200 f2.8L. It is 3:10 PM in the August afternoon so there is a lot of haze and particles moving around in the air. As you can see its not the most friendly place especially for beginners who may not have a 500mm - 800mm.

Hopefully for those who ask about shooting at MCO this will help with the visual of what others here have been discussing.


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User currently offlineRinkopr From United States of America, joined Aug 2012, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 7411 times:

Here is another shot and a map of the area with approximate distances. The Jetblue shot above was at a distance of about 6,000ft and the Southwest was about 4,500ft. The shot below of Delta was at a distance about 2,500ft. Its hard to see the map with the noted distances but the touchdown areas range from 4,000ft to over 8,400ft. Again these were all shot with a 70-200 so you will need longer lenses to catch WU and WD shots.

Again this is the area that the GOAA has permitted at the parking structure Level 9. I know there are areas around that others use and know about but I am just a beginner to Spotting and have yet to learn of these "speak-easy" areas.





User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7291 times:

Yay for photography a mile away! MCO sucks...

User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6499 posts, RR: 20
Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7243 times:

When I clicked on this, I thought the OP would be from Europe. Most of the locals like myself don't even bother with that GOAA permit crap.I would suggest the red lot, where these were taken


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Justin, dont you remember the fun we had running around that hellhole known as MCO



Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineDLX737200 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1930 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7217 times:

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 3):
I would suggest the red lot, where these were taken

GREAT! NOW THEY KNOW, OZELL! GOAA knows now and they're going to catch you! Way to go!

 

Sarcasm off...


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