September 28th, 2016

Bromsgrove pair’s perfect new year moon shots

Updated: 8:41 pm, Jan 06, 2016

RENOWNED astronomers, Sarah and Simon Fisher took this fabulous shot of the waning moon to mark the beginning of a new year.

Sarah said: “We captured the shot with a long exposure. At the time we were going for the moon and Jupiter conjunction and we just happened to get the fireworks at the same time.

She added: “We were elated on New Year’s Day when Brian May re-tweeted one of our images of the moon and commented on it.”

The couple took over 100 shots on New Year’s Day, capturing the pictured image outside their home in Charford at 1.15am.

Sarah said they used a DSLR Canon 75mm 600D camera on a 2.5 second exposure.

She added: “We don’t mind sharing how we took the shot because everything we know, we’ve learnt from both our own research and from other photographers.”

Sarah and Simon were also ready and waiting to capture iconic images of the first full moon to occur on Christmas Eve since 1977 – just as international space station, dubbed ‘Santa’s Sleigh’ was due to appear in the sky.

Sarah said: “We had an epic Christmas Eve. With the space station about to appear, we didn’t think we’d get to capture the full moon – but it was much higher in the sky than we thought – at about 16 degrees. And despite it being cloudy, and against all the odds, we still managed to capture a nice image.”

The couple took about 30 shots on Christmas Eve until they got the one they wanted.

Visit to see more of the couple’s photographs and follow @larlar1971 on Twitter to keep up-to-date with the pair’s works.