49 waypoints in The great long Rift journey. route.
#2 - HIP 18077 (Mahon Research Base)
Mahon Research Base is the third deep space research facility founded by the Alliance-affiliated Mic Turner Research Group, and the fourth outpost to emerge in and around the California Nebula, since the start of 3303. Located on the third moon of a ringed Class Y dwarf star in HIP 18077, the base offers the standard array of general services, including a commodities market, mission and passenger boards, stellar cartographer, and crew lounge. It is also one of the few facilities in the sector equipped bays for outfitting ships with a modest range of weapons and modules.
Behind the base is a field of large growths that look like giant pumpkins. Scientist are working hard to study the organic mechanisms that allow these to exist and thrive in hard vacuum. And while the exact classification of these unknown lifeforms are still being debated they are becoming known as Space Pumpkins among spacefarers.
#4 - 2MASS J03291977+3124572 (Ring Mine)
The Ring Mine is an asteroid facility nestled in the rocky rings of a Class V gas giant orbiting a youngish Class B star that is only a few light years outside of the NGC 1333 Nebula. It is currently controlled by the independent Deep Space Mining corporate faction and is also inhabited by a self-styled group of independent anarchists that call themselves "The Associates." Base services include the full suite of commodities trading, mission and passenger boards, cartography dealers, and crew lounge, but docking facilities are currently only equipped to provide basic refueling, repairing and restocking.
#5 - IC 289 Sector DL-Y d17
A nice place to view the next stop inside the Nebula.
#6 - NSV 1056 (IC 289 Nebula)
IC 289 is a planetary nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. It was discovered by Lewis Swift in early September 1888. The nebula contains NSV 1056, a Wolf-Rayet star of 4 stellar masses.
#7 - GCRV 2334 (NGC 1501)
Oyster Nebula (GCRV 2334), [3528.02 ly]: "NGC 1501 is a planetary nebula in the constellation Camelopardalis that was first discovered by William Herschel in 1787. Located on the border of the Orio-Persean Gap and Wayfarer's Graveyard, this system features an unusually large Wolf-Rayet star (over 8.8 solar radii) in a binary orbit with a Class M red dwarf and a second Class M dwarf in a binary orbit with a smaller Class L dwarf. The first stellar complex is orbited by a high metal content world and two lava worlds, while the second is orbited by another 9 high metal content worlds."
Melis Geysers (Sleguae JC-S d5-135, planet 2 b, 41.6383/-157.6963): "Melis Geysers is a field of silicate vapour geysers, located on body 2 B, in the Wayfarer's Graveyard region. The site is located in a valley, at the coordinates 41.6383 / -157.6963. The moon itself is small, bright yellow and red, and highly deformed. Dark basaltic rock coats the bottom of the valley, in strong contrast to the bright white, silvery eruptions from the geysers. The geysers themselves are at a medium-low activity level, and do not pose any threat to SRVs or ships. It is still unclear how the area remains a dark colour despite the regular eruptions. Hypotheses include the geyser field being extremely recent, or a chemical process that quickly dissociates or changes the ejected material."
#9 - Phroea Phoe RD-S e4-12 (Moore-Nauenberg)
This system contains a set of nine stars co-orbiting one another in a complex system of binary and trinary clusters. It is named for 20th Century physicists Cris Moore and Michael Nauenberg, who developed some of the first theoretical solutions to the 'n-body problem' -- predicting the individual motions of more than three celestial objects interacting with each other gravitationally. Measurements and detailed scans taken of this system in 3303 proved to be a tremendous boon for astrophysicists seeking to validate and refine some of Moore and Nauenberg's models. The system also features a high metal content planet orbiting a cluster of four stars and a Class V gas giant in an extremely close orbit around an Class L star.
WARNING: Standard FSD navigational computers will deposit ships near a closely-orbiting Class A and B star pair. Pilots should be prepared to take immediate evasive action upon arrival and equipping a heat sink launcher is highly recommended.
#10 - 2MASS J02351897+6131236 (Fireflies)
Fireflies (2MASS J02351897+6131236): "Part of the IC 1805 cluster, this system is swarming with stellar objects. The high-mass O-type is in a nested binary pair with no less than three different black holes ranging from 9.4 to 31.3 solar masses. What really makes this system stand out are the five K-class stars and nine M-class stars, including one with a rare ring system. From the surface of one of the landable planets these stars will appear to flitter and fly across the sky during their orbits, giving the appearance of a field of fireflies."
Part of the IC 1805 cluster, this system is swarming with stellar objects. The high-mass O-type is in a nested binary pair with no less than three different black holes ranging from 9.4 to 31.3 solar masses. What really makes this system stand out are the five K-class stars and nine M-class stars, including one with a rare ring system. From the surface of one of the landable planets these stars will appear to flitter and fly across the sky during their orbits, giving the appearance of a field of fireflies.
#11 - IC 1805 Sector DQ-Y e3 (Altera's Eye / IC 1805)
Altera's Eye (IC 1805 Sector DQ-Y e3), [2752.48 ly]: "A solitary Black Hole sat deep within it's own planetary nebula of hot blue gas, situated just below the IC 1805 Cluster. There's a planetside POI with a remarkable view of the near nebula"
#12 - IC 1848 Sector IS-T d3-29 (CoR Listening Post 'Alpha')
In April 3302 the Children of Raxxla were tasked by the mysterious CMDR Salomé (Elite: Reclamation) to set up a permanent presence along on the near edge of the Formidine Rift to monitor and report any unusual activity emerging from the Rift.
Two 'Listening Post' basecamps were chosen (Alpha & Beta) and between them, along a 4,000 LY stretch, several waypoint systems marked the border patrol zone.
#13 - Hypoae Ain MO-I d9-37 (Heart & Soul Nebulae)
Heart and Soul nebulae (Hypoae Ain MO-I d9-37): "Two prominent nebula in the Cassiopeia constellation, approx. 7,800 LYs from Sol and situated on the far fringe of the Perseus arm and right on the very near edge of the Formidine Rift. Approaching from the opposite side, these two nebula act as a beacon of light and colour to intrepid explorers returning from across the Rift.
They are very well surveyed and the Soul Nebula contains a radio source named W5, although its exact location remains unclear as of 3303. The Soul Nebula is also named IC 1848 and the Heart Nebula is named IC 1805 (which may be confusing due to the IC 1805 Cluster). All objects are thought to be part of a giant molecular cloud within what is called the Cassiopeia Superbubble.”
Farsight Expedition Base is mainly a mining outpost carved deep into a large asteroid orbiting a near gas giant in its inner ring system. The outpost is still crude and basic, and as of 04/3303 no outfitting or ship dry docking is available, so extensive ship maintenance is a problem. There is a Universal Cartographics office and some local contractors offer missions and passenger transport opportunities.
#16 - RS Persei
RS Persei is a red giant of 1,265 solar radii and thus slightly larger than Mu Cephei. It is located inside the Chi Persei Cluster (NGC 884). The giant is orbited by two landable hot and barren metal rich planets, one of which is still close enough to the star as to make fuel scooping possible while in orbital flight. Both planets are rich in the more exotic elements needed for advanced matter synthesis.
Soul Sector EL-Y d7 (Base Camp / Doom Geysers) (Star B Planet 1b Coordinates: -25.67, 15.47) Field of water geysers inside Soul nebula, offering exceptional views when visited at night, when water is coloured by the nebula and if you are lucky enough there will be nearby Heart Nebula overlooking the site.
(Orbital Base) Base Camp was established in the first quarter of 3303 by the Soul Nebula Mining Partners consortium. It is still a very basic facility without extensive dry docks or ship outfitting services. Universal Cartographics maintains a small office here as well as some contractors looking for mission specialists and spacefarers capable of handling passenger transport.
Allegedly, Base Camp also holds a black market for all kinds of salvage as well as some agents of the infamous 'broker network'.
#18 - Eafots RX-T d3-3 (Salomé's World)
Situated around 200 LYs above the mysterious Dynasty outposts of the Formidine Rift, this interesting system is thought to have been first discovered and tagged by CMDR Salomé (aka Lady Khahina) sometime in 3302 while she was (presumably) out in the rift looking for clues into the Exodus conspiracy.
The system contains many worlds but interestingly Salomé only scanned the two Ammonia worlds within the system - what was she looking for?
In early 3303, a CoR patrol passed through the system during the Dynasty base search and subsequently scanned some of the worlds Salomé had left untouched. Since then, several Rifters have visited the system and each claimed a world of their own.
Salomé was killed trying to expose the Exodus Conspiracy on 29th April 3303, so it is believed that this system and the worlds she scanned could be some of her final exploration-related discoveries.
Formidine Rift Abandoned bases; "In late 3302, Alessia Verdi, a commander associated with the enigmatic CMDR Salomé, set up an exploration community goal on behalf of the Children of Raxxla. The goal was to retrieve and analyze as much survey data as possible from three specific regions. Those regions being the Formidine Rift, The Scutum-Sagittarii Conflux, and Hawking's Gap (Lin-Shu Hollow).
On analysis of the data, CoR Intel discovered the location of several navigational beacons in each region, that in turn provided the planetary location of several settlements.
These settlements turned out to be staging posts for a mysterious 'Dynasty Expedition' that had traversed the location three decades earlier and had set up bases there."
An abandoned settlement can be found on the nearby planet Eafots LZ-H b10-0 D 1 at -23.0615, -174.8785
#21 - Eafots EU-R c4-1
EAFOTS EU-R C4-1 (Beacon at planet A) (Planet C 2, Coordinates: -34.20, - 77.66)
#22 - Eafots GL-Y e2
EAFOTS GL-Y E2 (Beacon at planet A 1) (Planet 6, Coordinates: 21.2752, 19.066)
The Zurara (Syreadiae JX-F c0), [2016.03 ly]: "The megaship from the mysterious Dynasty Expedition was found deep within the Formidine Rift on April 17th 3303. Audio logs on the site tell the story of the unfortunate crew. It is a haunted place..."
*note: The Zurara is the furthest outbound waypoint if you have opted for the ‘Standard Route’
#31 - Dryi Aim LD-E b39-0 (Archived: The Brothers)
The Brothers (Dryi Aim LD-E b39-0), [2,521.25 ly]: "Less than 1000 ly from the distant end of the Heisenburg Bridge lies a system with a visually striking pairing: A Y-class brown dwarf orbited closely by a Class III gas giant. The gas Giant orbits at just over 1 ls away from the star, providing an arresting view of two behemoths in close formation."
#32 - Vigs AA-A e1 (Archived: Vigs' Beacon)
Vigs' Beacon (Vigs AA-A e1), [3,549.65 ly]: "A bright star embedded within the diffuse regions of the New Outer Arm - acting as a 14,000ly from Sol marker."
#33 - Aicods KD-K d8-3 (Point Decision)
Point Decision (Aicods KD-K d8-3), [2,295.01 ly]: "A place of historical significance as the outermost point an early pioneer could reach on the way out to the near galactic rim; and as such the point where a decision was made to go either spinwards or wydershins on that attempt to circumnavigate the galaxy."
#34 - Oob Airg WO-J b50-1 (Archived: Oob)
This Gas Giant with water based life seems to be pock-marked with high-intensity but very localized storm systems, some of which (on initial investigation) seem to radiate light. Further study of this phenomena may well be worth the undertaking of a long range science expedition out to the Oob system.
#35 - Spongou FA-A e2 (Spongou Nebula)
Situated approximately 21,000 LYs from Sol, this purple planetary nebula sits on the outer rim of the galaxy, beyond the mysterious Formidine Rift.
#36 - Bovomit WY-R d4-16 (Bovomit)
This sector is one of several anomalies found throughout the galaxy. For reasons unknown, hyperdrives refuse to lock on to the stars in this area of space, effectively making it impassable to deep space travellers. Pilots are thus required to either avoid this area or to plot a course above, below or around it. What may be found within this restricted area remains a mystery for the time being.
Generally spherical in shape, the region intersects the Galactic plane, and extends roughly 600 LY above and 400 LY below the plane, encompassing a volume at least 1000LY in diameter. No astronomical anomalies were encountered during the survey, however it has been noted that star density inside the spherical region did appear to be noticeably lower than the surrounding space
#37 - Phae Phlai AA-A h0 (Explorer's End)
Situated between the Bovomit Badlands and the far edge of the Formidine Rift, this system can pose an extreme hazard to any starships hyperspacing to it. Its primary star is a harmless AE/BE Herbig Protostar, but the danger lies in a Blue Giant companion in extreme proximity and two orbiting black holes. Starships approaching from the wrong vector can easily become wedged in the inferno between the primary and secondary stars, or exit hyperspace very close to one of the black holes. Explorers beware.
#38 - Phae Aeb BK-I d9-22 (Archived: The Alluring Siren)
A double water world system situated between the near edge of the New Outer Arm and the far side of the Formidine Rift. One of the planets within this system is a pure ringed water world with no landmass and no atmosphere. A jewel of light in a desolate region.
#40 - Glufoa HE-P b19-0 (Archived: New Vista)
One of a tidally locked twin system, both twins being ringed metallic worlds in close proximity to each other, and also close to their parent star. The proximity of the two worlds with their ring systems illuminated by the nearby star could make them both possible early planetary surface tourism candidates since neither have an atmosphere.
#41 - Rho Cassiopeiae
Rho Cassiopeiae is a rare yellow hypergiant. With a size of 450 solar radii it is also among the most luminous yellow stars known. It is a long-term semiregular variable, with large drops in luminosity observed in 1893, 1946, and 2001.
The system also contains a binary class-B star and a few smaller bodies (including one landable world). Because of it's location deep in the Formidine Rift and well below the galactic plane, a long range ship and several FSD injections are required to visit.
#42 - NGC 7538 Sector PD-S b4-1 (NGC 7538 Nebula)
Small nebula situated on the edge of the Perseus arm, approx. 9,000 LYs from Sol towards the Formidine Rift.
#43 - Bubble Sector PD-S b4-4 (Bubble Nebula)
A visually striking emission nebula, approx. 7,200 LYs from Sol across the Orio-Persean Gap and along the Perseus arm.
#44 - Bubble Sector LX-T b3-1 (The Dark Fortress & Fumarole in a Bubble)
The Dark Fortress (Orbital body: 9 e) (Coordinates: 38.1444, 65.422)
A natural fort formed from a pair of circular canyons on this planet, located within the Bubble Nebula.
Fumarole in a bubble (Orbital body: 1 a) (Coordinates: 31.3984 / 154.2304)
A very nice view from inside the Bubble nebula. This picture has been take by "day light" but the "night side" of any landable planets inside this nebula also offers incredibles landscapes.
#45 - NGC 7822 Sector BQ-Y d12 (Gorgon Research Facility)
A research facility operated by the Life Sciences Expedition. This fully functional asteroid base offers most standard station services, including a Passenger Lounge and Universal Cartographics.
The Elephant's Trunk Mine is an asteroid base situated within the inner rings of a gas giant. The occupants of the station, the Mapas Dynasty, value their isolation: the station is 2,700 ly away from civilization. In addition to mining, which can be done literally next to the station (as long as Commanders stay out of the no-fire zone!), the base sees plenty of traffic from tourists as well. Interested Commanders can hire on not just people who want to head farther out into the galaxy, but also those who wish to head back to the inhabited worlds.
One of the most iconic nebulae in astronomy, the Elephant's Trunk nebula is a concentration of interstellar gas and dust within the much larger ionized gas region IC 1396. It is located in the constellation Cepheus and about 2,400 light years away from Sol. What gives the Trunk its striking appearance is the colourplay between the illuminated patches of interstellar dust and gas and the relatively dark areas in between. These dark areas are thought to be small voids where massive bright stars eroded away all the surrounding gas and thus left a 'hole' or a 'rift' in the complex.
The Elephant's Trunk is one of the most heavily surveyed areas of star formation. Exploration is still ongoing, and as of April 3303 a small asteroid base has been set up in the vicinity to facilitate access to the area.
#47 - FW Cephei (Iris Vacations)
Iris Vacations is the name of an asteroid base with beautiful views of the Iris nebula. The station's economy is built on tourism, and as such, it is quite busy with plenty of cruise liners arriving at and departing from it. Given that it's approximately 1,500 ly away from Sol, Iris Vacations is a great choice for budget-conscious tourists who would like to spend time away from inhabited space, but can't afford (or aren't willing) to travel very far. The base is also a popular stop for both cruise ships and explorers who are headed farther west.
(Star: D, Planet: 4e, Coords: 27.02, 80.59) Field of water geyser, offering unique combination of colours thanks to its location in Veil West nebula.
Part of the supernova remnant known as the Cygnus Loop, the 'West' Veil Nebula is a long blue and pink collection of gas. Due to the unique appearance, it has also been called "Witch's Broom", "Finger of God" and "Filamentary Nebula"