Rinkopr
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Spotting At MCO Level 9

Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:52 pm

I hit the only place MCO permits spotting after providing a "use of facilities" form at the GOAA offices. In the office they were nice enough, and did not seem to be bothered that I wanted to shoot at their location (maybe it was the clean shirt). I also asked if setting up my tripod inside the terminal would be permitted since I wanted to get some long exposure of the fountain and was told that would be fine.
I took some test shots on level 9 where it is permitted and wanted to share so others can see what has been posted previously. You really need a "reach out" lens.



Both were shot from the permitted location which is a parking deck they call Level 9 on top of the terminal building. The lens was a 70-200 f2.8L. It is 3:10 PM in the August afternoon so there is a lot of haze and particles moving around in the air. As you can see its not the most friendly place especially for beginners who may not have a 500mm - 800mm.

Hopefully for those who ask about shooting at MCO this will help with the visual of what others here have been discussing.


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Rinkopr
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RE: Spotting At MCO Level 9

Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:28 pm

Here is another shot and a map of the area with approximate distances. The Jetblue shot above was at a distance of about 6,000ft and the Southwest was about 4,500ft. The shot below of Delta was at a distance about 2,500ft. Its hard to see the map with the noted distances but the touchdown areas range from 4,000ft to over 8,400ft. Again these were all shot with a 70-200 so you will need longer lenses to catch WU and WD shots.

Again this is the area that the GOAA has permitted at the parking structure Level 9. I know there are areas around that others use and know about but I am just a beginner to Spotting and have yet to learn of these "speak-easy" areas.



 
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RE: Spotting At MCO Level 9

Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:41 am

Yay for photography a mile away! MCO sucks...
 
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RE: Spotting At MCO Level 9

Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:42 am

When I clicked on this, I thought the OP would be from Europe. Most of the locals like myself don't even bother with that GOAA permit crap.I would suggest the red lot, where these were taken


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Justin, dont you remember the fun we had running around that hellhole known as MCO
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RE: Spotting At MCO Level 9

Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:29 pm

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 3):
I would suggest the red lot, where these were taken

GREAT! NOW THEY KNOW, OZELL! GOAA knows now and they're going to catch you! Way to go!

 

Sarcasm off...

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