bw50505 wrote:Imperial Hill is a well known, popular, and dedicated spotting location, so you shouldn't have any problems with police (and you will most likely be amongst at least a dozen other spotters at any given time).
As for the lighting, I know stuff started to get slightly backlit later in the afternoon from Imperial when I've gone in late July, but late August you might be fine there.
If you aren't already, I also recommend joining the Los Angeles Spotters page on FB. Enjoy your trip!
vikkyvik wrote:Spotting locations and how good they are:
Early morning - backlit.
Mid morning (say 8 to 9) - light should be OK, heat haze is questionable.
Late morning thru afternoon (say 10 to 4 PM) - heat haze central! Light is mediocre; mostly toplit.
Evening - still moderate heat haze, and light starts getting bad.
Past 5 PM or so - backlit.
Early morning - good.
7:30 AM through 5 PM - backlit, with heat haze through the middle of the day (though not as bad as at Imperial Hill).
Evening - great.
In'n'Out is about the same, lighting-wise, as Westchester.
You won't have any issues with police at Imperial Hill or the In'n'Out. I've had police come up to me twice at Westchester. Once he literally just asked me how it was going, and asked if I'd caught the F-18s earlier in the day (apparently there were F-18s there earlier in the day). The 2nd time, someone must have called them, because they asked me a bunch of police-type questions. They were perfectly polite, but it was highly unnecessary, especially since I was just leaving for the night. Overall no big deal.
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