Manzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 37 Reply 1, posted (10 years 12 hours ago) and read 4024 times:
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.
737heavy From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2002, 601 posts, RR: 3 Reply 3, posted (9 years 12 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3942 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.
AAGOLD From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 542 posts, RR: 52 Reply 5, posted (9 years 12 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3920 times:
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.
Jfazzer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 153 posts, RR: 9 Reply 17, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3734 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!
Manzoori From UK - England, joined Sep 2002, 1516 posts, RR: 37 Reply 20, posted (9 years 11 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3713 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!
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Da fwog From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 867 posts, RR: 9 Reply 23, posted (9 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3662 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?