So I love the sky and space so when anything cool comes up I try to study it a bit before it happens. I've searched the forums looking for some info on how to capture a Meteor Shower but I couldn't find the info I was really looking for. So I thought I would ask all of you seasoned photographers for your tips. Here is the NASA Skycal. If you haven't seen this before, you can choose your month and/or year and Time Zone, then it will show you all of NASA's known stuff. It shows eclipses, phases of the moon, if Venus or Mars is visible and neat info like Lyrids from the Thatcher Comet. With the Thatcher Comet coming close to Earth causing Lyrids on April 21st (as per nasa info) I had a few questions. 1. What lens would be best for this? A f/3.5-4.5 wide angle or a 50mm f/1.8? 2. Is it more luck then skill? I mean do you just point in an area and hope to get lucky or is there actually enough time to turn the camera and press the shutter button? 3. A tripod is a must, also mirror lockup & a remote cable would help reduce shake to get the crispest picture possible. Is there anything else you can think of to make the images their best? But if any of you know any info that would help out getting pictures of this show I would be in your debt.