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So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?  
User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6190 times:

Yup. Going to MAN for the first time. I hear it is great for spotting, but could someone give me some guidance/tips on where I should go to take the pictures?

Mind you I'm going to have to stay around the terminal area, so no spotting around the airstrip for me unfortunately.

Don't know the exact date right now, but it'll be sometime during the summer. Hope something interesting comes by.  Smile

Any help is appreciated.

Thom@s


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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 6093 times:

Hi Thomas,

Why not have a look around the airport perimeter? There's some superb spots on the southside perimeter fence, where the grass bank is way higher than the perimeter fence and so the view is totally un-obstructed.

Here's a few examples:

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Admittedly it's a bit of a walk, but if you're there for any length of time then the opportunities are good!

HTH

Rez
 Smokin cool



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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6030 times:

Thanks for the tip. What sort of lense were the above shots taken with do you reckon? Would my 100mm do the job?

Also, I hear that the parking building is well suited for photography. True?

Thom@s



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User currently offline737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6011 times:

100mm will do but you might have to move further down the runway. The heavies will go most of the way before rotating but the light stuff is up and gone early. I use a 100-400mm and it's a bit big for the heavies passing me on the runway but ideal for the light stuff.

Regards


User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5994 times:

Thom@s,

John Farrington's photos are taken with a Canon Powershot Pro90IS which I believe has a lens which is roughly equal to 37-370mm in 35mm terms.

Cheers

Rez



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User currently offlineAAGOLD From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 546 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5989 times:
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I was in MAN a few weeks ago and it is great for spotting. The best places are on the perimeter and if you could get there you'd be well served. If you're limited to the terminal area then the top of the car park is OK, but you have watch for poles and other obstructions. You can still get some good shots though. You can also shoot throught the windows of the main terminal and get some decent apron shots.

Good luck.

Art


User currently offlineSdjminton From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 122 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 5965 times:

Thomas,

MAN is my local, if you let me know when you are coming down then I could arrange to meet you and drive you to the perimeter spots.

Steve.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5937 times:

Thanks for your help everyone, I hope to get some good shots.  Smile

Steve, thanks for the offer, but I'm only kinda "passing through", so there wouldn't be time for that. Thanks anyway.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Thom@s




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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5922 times:

Btw, anyone have a map over the airport? (Post a pic or link I mean, don't send me one through the mail)

Thom@s



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User currently offlineAirsnaps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5915 times:

Thomas,

Search for an "Airport Overview" of MAN.


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Regards,

Paul.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5903 times:

Hmmm, couldn't find anything proper. Only maps of inside the terminal. I want a map to show me the area/roads around the airport itself.

Thom@s



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User currently offlineAirsnaps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5884 times:

Thomas,

If you don't have time to meet anyone and be driven around (as so kindly offered by Steve) you certainly won't have time to find somewhere suitable on the roadside with reference to maps.

I would therefore suggest Level 12/13 on top of the Terminal 1 Short Stay Car Park if you're just "passing through" and want a handful of shots.

Regards,

Paul.


User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5894 times:

Try this:

http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?X=382000&Y=385000&width=700&height=400&client=public&gride=&gridn=&srec=0&coordsys=gb&addr1=&addr2=&addr3=&pc=&advanced=&scale=25000&down.x=19&down.y=21



Matt



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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5870 times:

Brilliant!  Angry

You can't even trust Multimap to keep their maps up to date! It doesn't even show the new runway!!!

Here's a little montage I put together as a MAN overview. It a bit old and only shows the new runway under construction, but please feel free to mark up your favourite viewing spots!



Rez
 Big grin

[Edited 2003-06-02 18:56:32]


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User currently offlineQantas744 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5844 times:

Er..Is it me or does the new runway have a huge kink in it according to the picture?


Matt



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User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5838 times:

Matt,

That's the (in)famous Ringway Ski-Jump, used by some fo the lighter aircraft to give them that extra boost into the air after a short take-off run.... saves on tyres apparently!

 Big thumbs up

Rez
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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5820 times:

Thank's for the advice. I may actually stay a while, things are a bit uncertain at the moment, so I wanted a map just un case. I'll get back to you if I can stay at the airport for a while Steve.  Smile

Thom@s



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User currently offlineJfazzer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 157 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 5803 times:

Some excellent information from Mr Manzoori there.
Also depending on how much time you have, there is also a bus service from the terminal area to the aviation viewing park where some excellent facilities can be found for the spotter!


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5789 times:

One more question; Will pictures like these...


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...be possible with a 100mm lens?

Thom@s



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User currently offlineAirsnaps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5787 times:

Thomas,

Both would have been taken with at least 400mm, if not more.

Regards,

Paul.


User currently offlineManzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 34
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 5782 times:

Wahay!!! Mr. Farrington himself! Cheers for the comments matey!

...and just to keep this post on topic, my personal favourite area for photography has to be the raised bank on the south side of the new runway. You'd need a car or a bicycle to get there but there's no fence in the way and the sun is behind you.... *sigh!* happy days! Big grin

Rez
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User currently offlineXray From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 138 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5786 times:

this is what it was all about. Awesome day at Southside soaking up the Sun for 9 hours !


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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5753 times:

Well, then there is no real point in me going to the perimiter to take pics of planes taking off. Probably settle with ground shots, maybe an approach shot or two if I'm lucky.  Smile

Chris (Sheldon), do you have a spotters map or something you could post? I only ask coz I know some spotters do. Big grin

Thom@s



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User currently offlineDa fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 8
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 months 13 hours ago) and read 5731 times:

belated response, sorry - but both those shots of mine were taken with 600mm+

Spotters map? Nope.

If you aren't going to the perimeter, then it's basically the top of the car park at T1 for you. Alternatives that are within walking distance are:

1. spot by the fence near T3: exit T3 through and door at ground level, turn right and follow the road - this will bring you down to a wire mesh fence that offers a view of whatever is on the end stand of T3, as well as allowing you to see aircraft landing on 24R.

2. The Airport pub: same directions as above, except keep walking with the airfield on your right, up ringway road (past the staff car parks) - a 5 minutes walk will bring you to the Airport pub, whose beer garden offers a view of aircraft landing on / lining up on rwy 24R again. If you walk a little way beyond the pub as far as the bridge over the railway, you can see aircraft on short finals, and if you try the gap in the hedge just BEFORE the Airport pub, you can see aircraft taxying out and lining up on 24R (between 12.00-15.00, provided winds are westerly).

Both these spots have the disadvantage that they are south facing though... sun on the wrong side and all that. Mind you, some photographers have made a career out of taking shots into the sun, isn't that right Mr Taperell?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 24, posted (11 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 5710 times:

Thank you very much for that info.  Smile

Now, will my 100mm lens do the trick at those locations you mentioned? (I just have to ask.)  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Thom@s



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25 Ikarus : Is there a visitor's terrace? Just decided to try and catch one of the Ju 52 round flights as a treat after graduating, so I'll be spending a day at M
26 Post contains links and images Craigy : Thom@s The airport pub is great. Chris says that it is on the wrong side. However, the sun moves around and by about mid afternoon the light is good t
27 Post contains images Thom@s : Thanks alot for your response everyone. Sorry for the late reply... Thom@s
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