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Having visited, and continuing to frequently visit, many Black Hole systems of late, I've noticed a reasonably clear pattern in Biological Signal dispersement.
Nitrogen biological signals of 3 on a Moon (Always a Moon, and commonly, a nested moon). The Concha Biconcavis (806,300), very valuable, the same value indeed as the Stratum Tectonicas on HMC world's that all Exobiologists desire, but far more frequently appearing in Black Hole systems on moons around L,T and Y Dwarf Stars... Then there's also Bacterium Informem on the same moon, still quite valuable indeed (426,200). The Osseus... You can take it or leave it. The down side; being that they're orbiting a Dwarf Star, the lighting situation planet-side can regularly be very dark.
Multiple Geological and Biological signals on a moon, often involving: Fumerola Extremus (711,500) and Osseus Discus (596,500), both of which are quite valuable, but often with other signals too... If you see Tussocks on a Geologically active moon, they are regularly Tussock Stigmasis (Again, 806,300 credits)... Though, in my experience, usually on moons with a Sulphur-Dioxide atmosphere. However, If it's ever only Biological signal X1 on a Geologically active moon, do please ignore. Generally low-value Bacterium.
- Moons with the very rare Water-based atmosphere and Biological Signals. The system type seems irrelevant, however, I've now found a number in Black Hole systems... Is there a large/very large, sometimes terraformable, High Metal Content world (Normally geologically active, though often with insane surface pressures) with a lot of moons... That's where they occur most frequently. Again, in my experience. Current record is: X6 Moons, all of which had water-based life with at least 6 biologicals, orbiting a large HMC.
To finish, a few personal, Exo-biologist exploration observations:
This is a personal choice... Fly a SMALL class ship. Seriously, it makes a big difference. I fly a DBX; Small, agile, lands practically anywhere. For Exobiology, I'll have landed multiple times, taken the scans and left a planet before an Anoconda has even managed to land... Especially looking for those Concha Biconcavis, in small rocky nooks, narrow valleys and crannies.
Night vision on the Artemis suit really is an essential if you are exploring dark lighting-situation world's (Pretty regular in Black Hole systems, and on moons around Dwarf Stars). Alternatively use your ship or the SRV's night vision, though unless your target is lit up by the vessel/vehicle lights, you may be stumbling around in the dark more than you'd like.
Regularly, Black Hole systems contain multiple stars, particularly, Neutron stars and White Dwarfs... Some of these, if in tight orbit to the Black Hole, will occasionally, essentially try and kill you, or at least give you a bloody good fright, on entry. Be prepared to act on that.
Otherwise, keep exploring, and do look after yourselves, Commanders!
Having explored the outer edge of the galaxy for over two years, undiscovered Black Holes were a rarity. Now, only 2K light years from Colonia, I've found a sector where they are seemingly everywhere!
I have therefore decided to discover as many as I possibly can, feeding back distances data to EDSM.
Current number of Black Holes that I've first-discovered in this sector: 953
(I'll update this as I progress).
I've a mind to start a Black Hole Hunting expedition, hereby inviting all friends and fellow explorers. Let's find every single Black Hole in a Sector. My ludicrous name for this is: The Brambue Black Hole Bonanza... I know, still working on the title...
Does anything happen when they're all discovered? Does FDev notice or pay attention?
Nevertheless, my fleet carrier, 'Outpost Gaitskell' is parked in the middle of the Sector, awaiting your discoveries (No Tariffs... Though Colonia isn't that far away...), and inviting friends and explorers to joining this unofficial, and yes, slightly mad expedition.
Discovered an M Class Red Super Giant recently... Albeit, after jumping in, discovered it was actually a K Class Yellow-Orange Super Giant...
I have questions:
How is a Red M Class Red star also a K Class Yellow-Orange star? The ED Codex recognises it as K Class, EDSM as M Class... Even though ED galactic map displays it as an M Class Red Super Giant... Confused!
Has anyone experienced this before?
Even the Galactic map shows an M Class Super Giant with a K0 IAB classification star in it.
Location is: Brambue BW-K d9-87 And another one: Brambue KC-U E3-320
Any insight is welcome.
Otherwise, exploration is the game. Carry on doing great work, Commanders!
My personal record for that is now 39... Before I was so low on fuel, I was forced to deviate.... Otherwise, it would have been 44, I just didn't think to refuel at a 210000ly distant K Class secondary star in system nineteen(ish).
Back exploring, and happy with that. Only this time with a Fleet Carrier at my disposal. It's nice to take 12.5% from Universal Cartographics for my discoveries to upkeep the Carrier. Oddly, as awesome as sitting on the bridge during a jump was, have never experienced it since. Preferring instead for Outpost Gaitskell to meet me in a system ahead of time, or arrive whilst I'm collecting Vista Genomics data on a Moon or Planet. A definite enhancement to explorers. Keep safe, Commanders!
Well, already 1600 light years out from Colonia. I originally thought I'd finish upgrading the Maverick and Artemis suits to max level, but then a couple of hitches. One: When I reconnected today, all of my previously collected Power Regulators had turned into 'Degraded Power Regulators' which caused significant consternation! I didn't realize they had a sell by date! Two: I sourced another, and was busy harvesting Manufacturing Instructions and Chemical Inventory from a site... I was just waiting for the Power Regular drawer to open when... Connection lost. When I reconnected, the power regulator was gone, the base powered down again, my SRV had somehow conveniently made its way back to my ship on its own. I was dumped randomly in the middle of a base now full of immediately hostile resurrected Pirates and my ship was 1.2 Kilometres away. Happy days!
Needless to say, I've left that all behind. I now consider Ratraii to be my home system. Sitting on the Bridge for my first Fleet Carrier jump was awesome. I'm now back where I belong: The depths of space. Outpost Gaitskell offers Repair facilities, Universal Cartographics and Vista Genomics as extra services. Truly a no frills exploration vessel. Wherever it is, it's likely interesting space. Hopefully see you out there sometime, Commanders!
So, I finally, almost reluctantly, headed in. Eventually selling that high value system I've been holding on to for ages in Colonia. Bought a fleet carrier. Outpost Gaitskell is now operational, albeit languishing in Ratraii until I obtain enough Tritium. Working on that. Fell into the Odyssey grind. Enjoyed the change of pace and varied missions... For a couple of weeks. Have become bored by that grind however. Managed to get Night Vision on all of my suits, and upgraded some weapons, but that's enough. Though, as an explorer, Night Vision on the Artemis is a really great benefit. The rest, however, is grinding for grindings sake for the Odyssey experience... I'm an explorer. Heading out again in the next week. Being alone in space for 26 months and then reconnecting with the bubble has been a shock. I've lived the life for a few weeks, but once I have adequate fuel, I'll be heading out on Outpost Gaitskell. Happy explorations, Commanders! Look me up if you're in the neighborhood. Signing off.
May 17th, 3306 was the day I departed my last star port, Hell Port... A remarkable station, my home station for many months. A long time ago indeed. Nevertheless, the remarkable DSSA carrier network took up their posts and have been my wonderful resource in space ever since... Albeit, that 25% cut on exploration data has now cost me over 4 Billion credits. However, still exploring, and over a year on from Odyssey, I eventually managed to dock at an uprated carrier that has made a massive journey to the bubble and back. I finally upgraded and buy the necessary suits and gear and also engage, at last, with Vista Genomics. A whole new addition to exploration, though it might take me a remarkable amount of time to reach Elite V! Happy exploration, Commanders!
Discovered a wonderful Binary System. Four Terraformable high metal content World's, Two Terraformable Rocky Body moons and Four Water Worlds (Two of which Terraformable) - Fully mapped, $21,639,008 credits at a DSSA Carrier. It actually breaks my existing highest value system record slightly... And that's minus the fleet carrier's 25%. Holding on to this one! Gradually heading back in, much later than anticipated.... Maybe... Happy exploration everyone. Recently sold in Colonia for: $29,165,154, which is more than expected. My highest value system has finally increased!
Discovered a high value system. X5 Water Worlds, some of which terraformable, plus five terraformable HMC worlds. A personal record: I've found X4 Water Worlds in a system on multiple occasions, never five. I know it breaks no records, but it came as a surprise, expecting the fourth to be the last, and it wasn't. Although, should I sell at a DSSA carrier this time, losing that 25%?? My 'Highest value system' record could have been beaten multiple times if it wasn't for that damned 25%! Mapped the entire system as well... Will get an idea of value when I stop off to sell exploration data at a DSSA carrier in the next week. The agonies of exploration, my friends! Merry Christmas, and a happy festive season to everyone out in the dark.
Addendum: Just under 18.5 million, without full system mapping bonus, at a DSSA fleet carrier. Have decided to hold onto it... To sell at Universal Cartographics, when I head back to the bubble for my Fleet Carrier, truly exploration based, early next year.
Heading out now, to an unexplored 'H' Class System. Festive Yuletide, everyone!
I believe I must have maximised my lucky search technique. A double Black Hole 'H' Class System. I found it in the Galactic Map, searched EDSM... And no record. Being 5600ly away from it... I travelled there as swiftly as possible... Via a few giant stars and Herbig AE/Be's. Registered at below -1200 on the galactic plane, and a noticeable quantity of Synthesis materials needed to be used to reach it. Gravitational lensing, always a treat, but otherwise, icy planets and a Brown Dwarf. However, around the second black hole, Moon B 1 d, a small icy body, possessed 6 Synthesis materials... Good for a resupply. Eventful explorations, Commanders.