firefly_cyhz
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Heathrow Spotting

Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:38 pm

Hey, I'm going to be headed London in May for a few days and then head up to Edinburgh for a few more days and am hoping to do a day of spotting at Heathrow (as well as a day in Edinburgh too). Ive searched through the forum and came across a lot of useful stuff but still had a few questions. Ive got the Myrtle Ave spot figured out for 27L but wondered what is the latest for 27R around the huts? Is it still ok around there as long as your on foot? Ive looked up what runway will be used durring my time there and 27R will be in use till 1500. In the chance that 9L is used for arrivals where is this field? Ive looked on google earth but cant seem to figure out which one it is...is it the one located between the M25 and A3044? If so how do I get there without being hit by a car? For LCY are the shots of aircraft on final for 28 with the city in the background taken from the A117 bridge? Can you get closer by going under the bridge towards the water and runway? What size lens is needed here? Does anyone know if the Edinburgh spot is the one located at the end of Hallyards road? Would anyone be able to mark them on google earth or google maps for me? Thanks for any help anyone can provide.

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JakTrax
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RE: Heathrow Spotting

Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:21 pm

I think 'the huts' are okay if you're on foot and you don't make a nuisance of yourself (by for instance dropping litter or shouting at the top of yoor voice), however there's a roundabout and a grass verge where you can also stand without getting in anyone's way.

As for the 09 field, catch a bus to BA Cargo then simply follow the perimeter until you arrive there. The field becomes quite obvious from the dual carriageway. If you have a long lens (i.e. over 200mm) the embankment to the south of the field (by the motorway) is better.

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RE: Heathrow Spotting

Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:49 pm

A couple of questions regarding the 09L location:

How does one reach the above mentioned embarkment near the motorway????
Walking along the high-speed exit that comes off the Motorway is probably not such a good idea, especially as these roads are most likely under camera surveillance and the cops would be there in no time, too.
The well-known field appears to be surrounded by lines of trees, accoding to Google Earth, but is there a kind of walkway between them to get to said embarkment????

Is it possible to take photographs of landing a/c from the multi-storey car park between T5 and the T5-roundabout???
Or will one get kicked out in no time like in Gatwick???

If 09R (!) is in use for departures, where is the location (a park, I assume) from where you can photograph widebodies doing a right-hand turn fairly early after take off???

Thanks in advance,
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RE: Heathrow Spotting

Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:34 pm

Do not walk along a motorway slip road in England and Wales as it is illegal without good reason, e.g. been involved in a car accident and awaiting emergency services.

Bear in mind that in May, the sun is so high I won't bother shooting at LHR unless early morning or after 4.00pm. Of course it depends how fussy you are.
 
Leezyjet
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RE: Heathrow Spotting

Wed Mar 17, 2010 10:44 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 1):
As for the 09 field, catch a bus to BA Cargo then simply follow the perimeter until you arrive there.

Easier to take a free bus to the bath road, then take the No 80 towards Slough and get off in Longford Bridge and it's a 5 min walk round the corner, or take a bus to T5 and walk from there. It would be a good 30+ mins walk from BA cargo to the 09L field, and it isn't an easy walk either.

This site also explains the locations and how to get there :-

http://www.plane-mad.com/guides.php?guide=LHR

Quoting crewchief32 (Reply 2):
If 09R (!) is in use for departures, where is the location (a park, I assume) from where you can photograph widebodies doing a right-hand turn fairly early after take off???

Tesco's car park is pretty good, and it's only a short walk from Hatton Cross, or you can reach it via the 285 bus that stops outside if you don't want to walk.

In the link below, the wrong building is tagged as "Tesco Stores". it is actually the bigger one with the large car park infront of it.

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&so...262&spn=0.003556,0.010986&t=h&z=17

 
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firefly_cyhz
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RE: Heathrow Spotting

Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:23 am

Thanks for the replies...so it would be located at around 51°28'27.52"N 0°29'49.60"W?
 
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RE: Heathrow Spotting

Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:10 pm

That's where the banking is. Not actually been there myself, never thought of it until now.

Most people tend to sit along the tree line facing North in this field :-

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=51.4....497432&spn=0.002432,0.010986&z=17

 
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RE: Heathrow Spotting

Thu Mar 18, 2010 1:49 pm

Angle not very good from the front field. The bank is better, but don't go right to the top. I shall be in summer hibernation after the end of March anyway, so I'm not worrying.
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RE: Heathrow Spotting

Thu Mar 18, 2010 8:22 pm

Never heard of anyone shooting from near the motorway as it's a ways down the approach. The bank most people set up on is near the bridge into T5, near the roundabout.
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