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Post by pipodeclown » 10 Jun 2006, 21:22

Just spotted inbound COA above Lier: N745AM aeromexico 772.

WC soccer Germany charter?

Jeroen

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Post by Pawel » 10 Jun 2006, 22:02

Hi
SNam wrote:Image

I just saw this, and i was just on time to take a picture.
What could be the reason of this??

Technical reason or something.
2 days ago I saw similar situation, but the B747-200 Iran Air was flying from Teheran to ARN. 747 was flying "normallly" suddenly turned right and made a big circle (a lot of kilometres) then came back to correct route. It was amazing.

Pawel

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Post by lumumba » 10 Jun 2006, 23:18

Hi everybody.
I had the same in the 80s with a Pan Am overflying Liege.And making a big return and than again flying over.
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Pat
Hasta la victoria siempre.

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Post by SilverJET » 11 Jun 2006, 16:40

pipodeclown wrote:Just spotted inbound COA above Lier: N745AM aeromexico 772.

WC soccer Germany charter?

Jeroen
This is possible, they expected an 777 from Aeromexico at Dusseldorf Airport.
Best Regards Raymond

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Post by Bruspotter » 11 Jun 2006, 21:21

Hello

Nice pics again.

Splendid weather the last days , but hot.

Actually a bit a hell (when you're studying :lol: )
Anyway , I still was able to spot some contrails just a hour today.
Nothing really special , but LOTS of Emirates. 3 x ER A330-200 in 5min , they where flying right behind each other , in almost exact the same path. :P

Hope to see more great pics in the next coming days

Best regards: Yannick ;)

(Success to all students!) :P

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Post by SilverJET » 11 Jun 2006, 21:43

Bruspotter wrote:Hello

Nice pics again.

Splendid weather the last days , but hot.

Actually a bit a hell (when you're studying :lol: )
Anyway , I still was able to spot some contrails just a hour today.
Nothing really special , but LOTS of Emirates. 3 x ER A330-200 in 5min , they where flying right behind each other , in almost exact the same path. :P

Hope to see more great pics in the next coming days

Best regards: Yannick ;)

(Success to all students!) :P
I've seen them too, within a minute or 3 from the east to the west. And about 15 minutes later an Emirates B777 passed the same route.
Best Regards Raymond

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Post by Skystef » 11 Jun 2006, 23:42

Today, Sunday June the 11th, sunny conditions with most planes having contrails, but the heat waves made it unpossible to make good shots during the day. No big deal as it was way to hot to stay outside.

But here a grip of late aftenoon/evening traffic.


Around 1539LT, JAL B773 JA731J heading south.
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Around 1734LT, frequent visitor Saudia B772 heading W.
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Around 1904LT, Virgin Atlantic A340-600 on its last leg to U.K.
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Around 2059LT, another visitor to the U.K.: Cyprus Airways A332.
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Around 2116LT, heading W one of two Travel Service B734 in Malaysia c/s.
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Two minutes later, after a EBLG departure, this climbing BAe146 of TNT heading W.
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Around 2124LT, a bizz in form of B737-800(WL) of Lowa heading east: VP-BZL.
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And finaly also heading E, around 2136LT the colorful appearance of SkyEurope's B737-700(WL) OM-NGD.
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Post by SilverJET » 12 Jun 2006, 14:50

Skystef wrote:Today, Sunday June the 11th, sunny conditions with most planes having contrails, but the heat waves made it unpossible to make good shots during the day. No big deal as it was way to hot to stay outside.

But here a grip of late aftenoon/evening traffic.
Nice pictures, how did you make those (camera/lens)? And what about focus?
Best Regards Raymond

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Post by teddybAIR » 12 Jun 2006, 15:03

Nice pictures indeed, I like the one of the JAL B773!
What equipment do you use to take the pics?

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Post by Skystef » 12 Jun 2006, 15:31

teddybAIR wrote:Nice pictures indeed, I like the one of the JAL B773!
What equipment do you use to take the pics?
Thx you both.

I use:
- a chair
- a tripod
- Canon EOS 300D
- Sigma 50-500mm,
- all contrails taken with 500mm, manual settings and a shutter speed of minimum 1/250s (lower = blurred), but not higher than 1/500s (higher = vignetted).

The almost zenithal shots like the JAL777 give the best results as the distance is the smallest. Disadvantage: there is a lot of belly, thus a small angle is favorable to recognize the bird. Back light, meaning the plane has sunlight on its fuselage are my favorites: this includes 80% of "my" W bound traffic. On the contrary E bound traffic lies to "my" south, so mostly avoided except for the early/late summertime hours.

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Post by SNam » 12 Jun 2006, 15:37

I saw all those planes too with my binocular.

But i didn't recognize the Cyprus A330.

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Post by Skystef » 13 Jun 2006, 11:05

On Monday June 12th, same sunny conditions but this time with less radiation.


1617LT. Air Berlin B737-700 heading west.
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1721LT. Kuwait Airways A340-300 9K-ANC heading to the U.K.
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1741LT. Excel Airways B737-800(WL) presumable G-XLAF heading to the U.K.
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1752LT. KAL B747-400 heading south.
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1935LT. SAS A321 heading south.
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2137LT. Last rays of sun: Thomsonfly B767-200 heading for the U.K.
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Post by contrailwatcherUK » 13 Jun 2006, 12:05

Wow i like the thomsonfly 767 Skystef, the other day i was watching a thomsonfly through my telescope and it just happened to cross in front of a full moon WITH the last of the suns rays. Sadly no photo :(
No photos for a while due to bad thunderstorms, still fun to watch thunderstorms though :)
Taken from last week was this one, no idea of the airline, perhaps someone could help?
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Heading W to the US
Thanks

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Post by Skystef » 13 Jun 2006, 12:24

Haven't had the opportunity to make planes accross the Moon, btw it ain't easy to get such thing sharp & see something of the colors of the plane self. A black silhouette seems quite easy, but of course there is still a lot of luck needed to see it crossing the Moon.

Your pic seems to match with an A310-300 of Air Transat in o/c: pic

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Post by Skystef » 13 Jun 2006, 21:25

Today June 13th only the morning/forenoon some good conditions.
Besides the common stuff, saw an B747 of Evergreen and Tristar of ATA, both E-bound.

Incoming non contrailing traffic to EHAM was nice visible, but also the usual stuff.

0754LT. B737 of KLM.
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0953LT. Read it off as PH-BFY of KLM
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Post by omag » 18 Jun 2006, 23:15

Hi all,

Today I spotted this 747-sp model, going eastbound around midday...

I know the pictures aren't the best, but does anyone recognize the airline?

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Man, I would like to spot a 747-sp at EBBR....

Omag

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Post by Robin_Bamps » 18 Jun 2006, 23:30

omag wrote:Today I spotted this 747-sp model, going eastbound around midday...

I know the pictures aren't the best, but does anyone recognize the airline?
Most probably it's the VP-BAT from Worldwide Aircraft Holdings in old Qatari
gvmt c/s. It visited BRU back in March. When you say it flew eastbound, it was
probably coming from the UK, where it is regulary visiting (London-Heathrow,
Bournemouth,...).

Regards, Robin Bamps.

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Post by contrailwatcherUK » 19 Jun 2006, 12:53

cheers for the info skystef!
Saturday, very poor conditions - hazy sunshine and visibility was poor. I only saw 1 contrail all day :(
Here it is:
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Asiana Cargo reg:HL7426, i think it was routing KJFK-EBBR. Seen heading E @ 1530bst

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Post by epsilon » 21 Jun 2006, 14:57

This is my first post on this forum. I took two shots yesterday of 2 inbounds for EBBR. They're inbound FLO at FL80 approx.

SAS MD87
SN Avro

Both take with the largest lense I have, 200mm :oops: But I'm happy with the result.

Happy spotting,
Tom

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