JW777BA
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Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:34 pm

Just wondering, when is the best time to spot aeroplanes at LHR? I usually go there on a Saturday and in the holidays go normally in the week.
 
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RE: Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:55 pm

Best time? Definitely not the summer!

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RE: Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:27 pm

Midnight: No heat haze.
 
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RE: Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Mon Jun 18, 2012 5:48 pm

Thanks for the suggestions!  
 
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RE: Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:47 pm

Okay, joking aside.....

Do you want to collect numbers or take photos?

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RE: Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:58 pm

To take photos, I would only collect the numbers if a new aircraft is flying in like the China Southern the other day.
 
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RE: Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:17 pm

For photos the place is only really any good if they're on the 27s this time of year (Myrtle and the A30 if you want to avoid heat-haze). There are a couple of evening spots for 09L that are okay too. I tend to only go for photos in the winter.

West-east runways are awful during the summer - try BHX instead, which has a more north-south alignment.

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RE: Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:41 pm

I went to BHX a couple of weeks ago and it was very good, no problem with light. I've been to the 27s a lot and its been good, but in the evening its been awful. I'll try the 09L locations, haven't tried that area yet.

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RE: Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:44 pm

The north perimeter road (Bath Road) is the place to be in the evenings for 27 arrivals/departures. There's also a roundabout near the 09L approach that's good after 19:00.

Don't forget that the sun's angle in the evenings will favour 27 arrivals, as the light will be nose-on rather than tail-on.

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RE: Best Time To Spot At LHR?

Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:00 pm

I would normally go to the Bath road area anyway, as well as Myrtle Avenue and I will now go down to LHR later to get some pics. I will also go to the roundabout, I presume it's by Terminal 5.

Once again, Thanks

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