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Spotting In Istanbul

Sun May 08, 2011 11:10 pm

Dear spotters,
Can you please advise about spotting in Istanbul? Is 70-200mm lens enough for spotting there?
Thanks in advance!
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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Wed May 11, 2011 6:56 pm

You'll need some binoculars for 'spotting'.
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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Wed May 11, 2011 11:01 pm

Quoting yerbol (Thread starter):
Can you please advise about spotting in Istanbul? Is 70-200mm lens enough for spotting there?

It would be if you're not shooting full frame (you might need 300mm for full frame).

These were taken with 70-200 on a Nikon D200 from the footbridge at the north end of the runways:

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These from the wastland near the south threshold:

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I've seen a lot of shots here that are taken from the Fly-inn, where similar sized lens would be required.
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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Thu May 12, 2011 12:47 pm

Steve,

Those are fantastic shots! I take it you had no problems with the authorities?

Cheers,

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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Thu May 12, 2011 1:03 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 3):
I take it you had no problems with the authorities?

I didn't, but I tried to be discreet. The wasteland near the south end was OK when I was there. When we were on the bridge we just took out our cameras when we saw something we wanted to photograph. We saw several policmen crossing the bridge, but they didn't take any interest in us. IST is also a military airport, so some caution would be advised.
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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Thu May 12, 2011 1:15 pm

I've seen some shots that I believe were taken from an aeroclub of some sort. Looks like it may be on the south or east (or south-east) side. Did you try this area?

Also, are the two spost you mention above morning or afternoon spots?

Seriously thinking of a trip to IST this autumn/winter. I've been to AYT twice so know all about the caution at Turkish airfields (I think!).

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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Thu May 12, 2011 10:32 pm

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 5):
Also, are the two spost you mention above morning or afternoon spots?

Mainly afternoon & evening.

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 5):
Looks like it may be on the south or east (or south-east) side. Did you try this area?

I'm not aware of anything there and the SE corner of IST is the military base and museum - possibly from the museum, but I think it's too far away.

I think shots like this are taken from the Fly-inn cafe/restaurant, but you'd have to check with the photographer:

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I've only been there once, but I love IST - busy and lots of variety.
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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Fri May 13, 2011 9:28 am

Thanks for information!
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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Tue May 17, 2011 4:52 pm

There are several spots in the Fly-Inn area. At the restaurant corner, I was sent away by security since photography was not allowed according them (there is no signage though). Nearby are bars with a balcony/terrace overlooking the runway which are available to take a seat also. Also you might ask at private properties if it's ok to spend some time (pay some money as a gesture). At fly-inn you'll find a taxi-stand, so you can easily catch a taxi back to the airport/any location after your day of spotting.
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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Tue May 17, 2011 7:44 pm

Hi, Check that our group web site, we have a title for spotting at Istanbul,
http://www.spot-tr.com/spotting-locations/
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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Sun May 22, 2011 3:21 pm

Although it's less intresting, it is a nice airport as well. If you can go to Sabiha Gökcen airport, SAW, It is the base of Pegasus Airlines, and I think you can get some good pictures as those pilots really cannot land (they bounce their planes).

If you want to reach it. Take the boat to the asian side and take busline number E-10 to the airport.

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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Sun May 22, 2011 11:10 pm

Less interesting? SAW is very interesting with lots of Russian-built aicraft from Central Asia. It's a fortress though, looking really uninviting, and Erick's nice webpage confirms the problems. Be careful if you go there.

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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Mon May 23, 2011 1:25 am

Did you perhaps mean to say 'less busy'? I'd say SAW is the more interesting of the two - unless Il-62 freighters are common in Belgium these days......???  

Is the increased hostility towards casual observers at SAW anything to do with it being on the Asian side?

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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Mon May 23, 2011 8:54 am

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 12):
Is the increased hostility towards casual observers at SAW anything to do with it being on the Asian side?

Karl, how would it have anything to do with that? I guess it's just the attitude of the company that runs it.

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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Mon May 23, 2011 6:51 pm

Quoting ptrjong (Reply 11):
Less interesting? SAW is very interesting with lots of Russian-built aicraft from Central Asia.

Hmm, well... Define "lots". I spent a couple of days there in 2007 as part of an organised tour and it was pretty slow. Yes, there were some Soviet-era planes, but only a handful. I appreciate it may be different now.

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Pulling those photos up reminded me, in the two days we were there, the Yak-42 was the only Soviet-era movement. The rest were just sitting on the ramp. Anyway, I would agree, it's getting harder and harder to see these types operating anywhere.

Quoting ptrjong (Reply 13):
I guess it's just the attitude of the company that runs it.

That might have something to do with it. We were scheduled to spend three full days at SAW (in hindsight, too many), but at the end of the second day we were simply told "Don't bother coming back tomorrow, you won't be allowed back in!"
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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Mon May 23, 2011 7:39 pm

Well I saw (haha how ironic) a lot of planes at SAW being mostly Boeings. Althoug as you guys say there are some russians standing there as well. I haven't spotted there yet so I cannot judge the inhospitality thingy but I liked it as an airport when I was there.

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Mon May 23, 2011 10:25 pm

Quoting scbriml (Reply 14):
OK, maybe not lots, I don't know. I used SAW twice as a passenger, and I did see several Il-76s and Tu-154s, and an Il-62 and even an Il-18. I did get this shot from the waiting area.

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IST is indeed quite nice too.

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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Tue May 24, 2011 5:38 am

Quoting ptrjong (Reply 16):
OK, maybe not lots, I don't know. I used SAW twice as a passenger, and I did see several Il-76s and Tu-154s, and an Il-62 and even an Il-18. I did get this shot from the waiting area.

Ha ha, looks like we may have even seen the same planes! There was an old TriStar parked there when we visited, but we couldn't get close enough to photograph it.  

It's a decent airport with some interesting traffic and, depending how easy photography is from outside, probably worth a visit if you're in Turkey already. The tour company I went with 'oversold' it as being the "new Sharjah". IMHO, it's certainly not that.

I see there seem to be a few stored bits & pieces there now. Does anyone know if the old burnt-out Koda 707 is still there?

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RE: Spotting In Istanbul

Tue May 24, 2011 7:33 am

Quoting scbriml (Reply 17):

Yes, the Il-18 seems to be the same aircraft  

I saw the 707 in August 2006, I'm not sure if it was still there in November 2009.

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