I've been spotting a few times at SJC now and just wanted to solicit input. I usually park at the SJSU parking lot to watch pretty much everything land, and even walk from the parking lot along the fence to stand right under the approach for 30L (which is fun).
Is there any equivalent spot to watch takeoffs on the other side of the field? The observation deck is all right, but it's a bit far and the plane isn't done rotating by the time it gets blocked by the terminal.
Also, if there's a better spot to catch inbound landings (the problem with the SJSU lot is the fence near gen.av. and the BRIGHT lights), I'd love to hear about it.