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Photographing the Geminid meteor shower presents several unique challenges. Being in the right place at the right time, getting the right nighttime exposure, and, most of all, capturing a meteor as it streaks by. The first two are fairly simple; the last, most crtical, is mostly a function of luck. Using Orion as my guide, I was in position at the right time to see lots of meteors. Using a 16mm lens with a 20 second exposure gave me the best odds. After two hours, I had captured three. One was almost out of the frame, and so got discarded. As you can also see, clouds began to creep in and eventually obscured the view.