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So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Tue May 27, 2003 5:48 pm

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.

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Tue May 27, 2003 6:01 pm

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!

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Thu May 29, 2003 3:24 am

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?

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Thu May 29, 2003 4:05 am

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.

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Thu May 29, 2003 6:45 am

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.

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Thu May 29, 2003 7:42 am

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.

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Thu May 29, 2003 9:49 am

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.

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Mon Jun 02, 2003 3:32 pm

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

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Mon Jun 02, 2003 8:08 pm

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

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Mon Jun 02, 2003 8:51 pm

Thomas,

Search for an "Airport Overview" of MAN.


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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Mon Jun 02, 2003 9:40 pm

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.

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Mon Jun 02, 2003 9:55 pm

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.

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Mon Jun 02, 2003 10:20 pm

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 1:38 am

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!



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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 5:32 am

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


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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 7:08 am

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!

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Tue Jun 03, 2003 3:59 pm

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

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 1:07 am

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!
 
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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 2:32 am

One more question; Will pictures like these...


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...be possible with a 100mm lens?

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 3:44 am

Thomas,

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

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 4:09 am

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

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Wed Jun 04, 2003 4:58 am

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


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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Wed Jun 04, 2003 8:00 pm

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

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Thu Jun 05, 2003 11:32 pm

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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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Fri Jun 06, 2003 3:32 am

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

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Fri Jun 06, 2003 5:00 am

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 MAN....

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Fri Jun 06, 2003 5:59 am

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 there and it gets better and better until sunset. At that time of the evening expect loads of charters, Emirates A330, Balkan Tu-154s, and loads of European medium sized commuter aircraft - plus a China Airlines 744 cargo on certain days of the week. On the UK charters there are a few to look out for - MyTravel DC-10s and Thomas Cook 753s. In the peak season we get a lot of surprises - to cater for increased demand, aircraft are leased in - for example a MyTravel charter flight normally operated by a 757 may come in as an Air Atlanta TriStar, 747, or a Cougar 727.
The following photos were all aircraft brought in for increased demand or to replace an aircraft which had gone tech.

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To give an indication of focal length required, I now use a 10D plus 70-200mm lens. From the top of the beer garden with 70mm (112mm on the 10D) a 757-200 almost touches each edge of the frame, and from the bottom of the beer garden you feel you can almost touch the wings.
And they sell Beer!

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RE: So, Any Spotting Advice For MAN?

Thu Jun 19, 2003 8:54 pm

Thanks alot for your response everyone. Sorry for the late reply...  Big thumbs up

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