The meteor shooting challenge has stopped me cold. I've spent hours trying to get past it and I'm sick of it. I've Googled to look for help online and all anyone says is to keep trying. I was hoping a cheat was available or that EA had released a new version which was less insane, but nada. Any advice other than keep trying? Apparently I'm not that coordinated and thus I'm missing out on a very large part of the game.
I HATED this part!!! I almost gave up until I beat it after the 100th time trying. Of course, my stupid nephew overwrote my game and played WAY too far ahead and I never atempted to try it again. Who thought this part was a good idea?!?!
Thankfully, it does not appear that Deep Space 2 has anything like this. If it's any comfort, the next time I played DS1, I got through the meteors in 10 tries (which is still too many) and in the next playthrough, on the FIRST try (but never again). There has been a time or two that I just loaded a previous game to skip the meteors.
The tips provide by Andrew Martin (above) help a lot.
This worked for me and helped me unlock the secret achievement as well. Use the left cannon for meteors that appear on the left hand side and vice-versa. Use both cannons on large meteors that split into smaller ones.