Wisbech teenager Ben captures stunning supermoon and Milky Way - having only brought his first camera two months ago
PUBLISHED: 14:17 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:17 15 December 2016
A Wisbech teenager captured last night’s stunning supermoon in all its glory – having only brought his first camera two months ago.
Ben Prest, 17, took the photo from his back garden at around 7.30pm with a 250mm telephoto lens.
He said: “One of my main hobbies is astrophotography, so it was very simple really.
“My camera has 24 megapixels so it retains a lot of detail when I zoom in and crop the photo. I was very happy with the detail in it.
“A supermoon happens when the moon orbits the earth and its elliptical orbit pattern takes it closer to the earth, which makes it look much bigger,” added Ben, who is currently studying his A-Levels at King’s School in Peterborough.
He also photographed the Milky Way on the same night.
Ben said his interest in photography came about thanks to his brother, Tom, whose career is in photography.
“I’ve always been very impressed with his work, so I’ve been interested in it for a long time.
“I’ve also always been fascinated with space and that’s one of the main reasons for getting my camera in the first place.
“Space fascinates me so much because it’s so vast and there are some incredible sights like nebulae and planets.”
Ben is now saving up for a deep space telescope, which will allow him to take photos of nebulae and planets including Saturn.
“They can be very expensive; into the tens of thousands, but I’m getting a good beginners telescope which will help take great photos for around £400.”
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