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User currently offlineVTORD From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 114 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3040 times:

The wife and me are going to be in Vegas later this month. We land late night on the 20th and we have a day at Death Valley and then about half a day at Hoover Dam for the 21st and 22nd. The flight back is at 3:40 PM on the 25th. Here is my specific question:
1. Where and what times generally should I try and spot?

2. Any issues with cops?
I am a member of ORD Airport watch and I usually keep my ID on me when I travel (just in case).

3. Can I do without a car? We are going to have a car for the first two days since we are driving around. I am told I don’t really need a car in Vegas itself. We are going with another couple friend of ours and they want to return the car after the 22nd for this reason. They don’t really get the plane spotting thing.

So far I found this to be a very informative link:
http://www.spotterguide.net/index.ph...g/north-america/las-vegas-las-klas


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User currently offlinescreeners From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2987 times:
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The short days will limit your options, which will be either shooting landing shots near the corner of Eastern and Sunset:


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Or from the viewing park:


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Both of these spots shoud be good all day this time of year, but you will need a car. You can take a taxi to the parking garage, but it's only good in the AM hours:


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Good luck   


User currently offlinetopgun3 From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 2853 times:

You don't need a car in Vegas, but I wouldn't do without it. Considering how cheap car rental is in Vegas, I don't see why you wouldn't get it for the extra day...even if you have to rent it yourself.

When I was at LAS in 2006 and 2008 I had a good time spotting. They have a dedicated viewing area on the west side of the airport providing you with beautiful light for most of the day. Some of the shots above were taken from the parking garage with a relatively long lens.

Cops don't seem to be a problem at LAS.

PS: Hope you like Southwest Airlines...you'll see lots of them.



I'd rather be flying.
User currently offlinesovietjet From Bulgaria, joined Mar 2003, 2596 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (8 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2826 times:
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A car makes it extremely convenient. However keep in mind the viewing area on Sunset requires a ladder or something really tall for you to step on. In January I found a nice spot to take photos, it was a parking lot of some building. Exact parking spot was this:

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=36.071375,-115.144047&hl=en&num=1&t=h&z=18

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Had no issues with cops.


User currently offlineVTORD From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2686 times:

Quoting topgun3 (Reply 2):
even if you have to rent it yourself.

That's what I ended up doing. It was easy way out. Thanks guys. I'll keep these notes in mind.   

Ameya



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User currently offlineTC957 From UK - England, joined May 2012, 844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2386 times:

Last time I was in LAS I spend the day up on the highest car park level at the terminal spotting and a cop on a bike came up and approached me. He just wanted to make sure I wasn't a suicide case and wasn't about to throw myself off the car park having lost all my money the night before, and was quite relieved when I told him what I was doing.
Apparently suicides are quite regular off that car park.


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