Spotting AGAIN?! | Munich, October 12, 2019

Hi fellow avgeeks,

some of you might not have seen my last spotting topic from a few days ago yet but here I am back with another topic. With fall and bad weather approaching I decided to use this Saturday with an amazing weather forecast predicting up to 25°C for another spotting topic with once again some (unexpected) specials.

Not only did I hunt for some special planes but also for some new spots. While in summer, the evening sun allows to have the airport as a backdrop for shots on the northern runway’s threshold, during normal light conditions this isn’t the best idea to do so I went to the right opposite of the airport to take similar pics for runway 26L arrivals and departures. After quite some time with outbounds only I was kinda relieved when ATC sent the Kuwait A330 I was waiting for to the southern runway resulting in this shot:

However the spot does not only allow for landings but also for departure shots such as this sexy Lufthansa racoon (D-AIXK)

One reason why I went to the airport was this bird operating the morning flight to Dubai. Initially, I planned to take a shot of it banking away after departure like I did on my second last topic but it turned out that there was too much heat haze in that area so here it is rotating instead.

As you can see after three pics already, yesterdays session was a very active one when it comes to position changes. For a special arrival and a few more shots I changed from the southern to the northern runway, where this A380 arrived from LAX as LH453:

Before doing so I came across a surprising movement I’ve been waiting for quite some time already. Most probably don’t know, but the king of Thailand lives in the Bavarian countryside for quite a large share of the year and he also has several of his Boeing 737s based at Munich. I haven’t managed to catch him flying so far though…well until yesterday. I actually don’t know where he was headed to but a friend told me that his father died exactly 2 years ago today so he might have gone back to Thailand on that occasion.

Something colorful and also very new a few minutes later: Already known for their many different adverts on their fleet, SunExpress recently painted a 737 in a “Shaun das Schaf” movie livery.

So you remember I said I had to change to the northern runway for a special? Here it is! While I already got Hekla Aurora and the 100 years independence livery of Icelandair, I still lacked their 80 Years of Aviation livery so I was quite pleased when I discovered it was on the way to Munich during the day.

For the last few pics lets change to the fourth spot of the day which might be a well known perspective for the regular reader ;) I initially didn’t plan to stay very long but in the end I couldn’t resist waiting for this nice new livery on Royal Air Maroc’s Boeing 737.

Long time no see for this bird. Flying to Munich for a year know I caught it a few times in the past already but haven’t done so in quite a while now. Avianca’s Boeing 787 touching down from Bogota.

If I recall correctly some of you really liked the last shot of a Lufthansa A350 from Thursday…so here’s a little bonus shot of another racoon being towed to the maintenance area in the evening sun. This view really never gets old!

I hope you enjoyed these shots once again! Visit my social media accounts listed below for more shots from various airports around Europe if you need to bridge the wait until I post my next topic on here:


My spotting topics on the IFC

Spring Spotting 1
Spring Spotting 2 with Lorenzo
Spring Spotting 3 (feat. Hekla Aurora)
August spotting with some sunrise shots
September 30 with quite some special liveries and bizjets
Spotting in Zurich on the way to Cosford
Spotting Laura and more in Birmingham
Spotting in fog with a sunny end
Special planes at Munich - Munich Security Conference feat. E-4B
Valentine’s Spotting 2019 - Civil Traffic around the Munich Security Conference
Retro Time - British Airways BEA A319
First weekend in Innsbruck - Charter Flights in the Alps
Second Innsbruck Spotting Weekend
Bringing Israeli soldiers to Munich - El Al 747
Another visit of ElAl’s queen - El Al 747
Spotting in the Morning Sun - South African Special Livery A340-300
A full day of Spotting
London Calling - Spotting at MUC and LCY on the way to London
London Heathrow Evening Spotting Before the Meetup
London Heathrow Meetup Spotting
Last Day at Heathrow: Landor, Negus and more
Government Jets and New Perspectives at Munich Airport
One Day Spotting Trip to Frankfurt Airport
Spotting Trip to Berlin
A lot of Specials at Munich
Quick after work spotting for a private A340

TL;DR service for @dush19: Actually, I can’t be bothered to continue this any longer but: Planes, Planes, Planes.
@MrMrMan: Catch up, there are two topic to quote now!

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Moritz, these are stunning! That LH A350 is just WOW!


I’m excited you posted, AGAIN?!


Look no further that Picture 2


Does it even make sense that you pay rent for an apartment? You basically live at MUC by now 😃

Great pictures, once again!


Followed you on Instagram! Great collections of photos!


Incredible pictures! Your Instagram pics are amazing as well btw


Wow these photos are amazing:) some really cool liveries in there. What camera and lens do you use if you don’t mind me asking?


Wowza these are incredible!


As always, beautiful pictures


Those pictures are stunning!


I’m slackin; I have two spotting trips I need to post. Saw D-AIXK fly over the other day. High quality pics once more and more to come


Thanks for all your amazing feedback! :)

Oh, you should. Otherwise you’d miss the second A350 in the topic 😉

Unfortunately there aren’t that many comfortable bridges to sleep under around the airport. If it rains the areas below will turn into a small river 👀

For 95% of all images and all you see here today I’m using a Canon EOS 80D with the 100-400mm Canon L-series lens. This actually reminds me to add this in my original post since you aren’t the first one to ask haha


Okay look,

Deutschland is amazing I love it!


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I want to get into aviation photos what would be a good beginner camera and how do you find new spots? Also how do you get such good shots of the planes? You are good!

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Don’t worry I saw that one too 🙂


Those are some interesting yet challenging questions there. I started with a Canon EOS 1200D but I wasn’t really happy with it anymore relatively soon. I also used the Canon 750D for a while which probably lies in the middle between the 1200D and the 80D I have now. Rule of thumb for Canon: The longer the number the more beginner-ish the Camera is. If you want to use the Camera for a longer time I’d start somewhere in the 3-digit area (750, 800, etc) over the rather cheap 1200/1300s.

When it comes to spots it really depends. Generally, a look at is always good. For Munich as my home base it’s also a good share of trying different places and tips from other spotters. For the banking shots two weeks ago I actually got the tip for a good location from a fellow spotter the day before.

The last question is probably the hardest to answer…It’s most likely a skill you learn in the process and obviously a little technical understanding of cameras so you know how to use exposure times and f-stop correctly. Also, equipment is a factor that contributes in my eyes. Since upgrading my lens this year I notice a drastic increase in sharpness for a lot of pics.


I use a canon EOS 500D


I don’t know if you mentioned in any other topics but what camera settings?


Your topics are always a treat to see!