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South East tour, part 4: Crab Nebula to DSSA Leo's Vision

My first waypoint of the second stage is the Dryao Ain XJ-I d9-0 system which reportedly contains crystalline shards for the Kepler's Crest codex. It's 2,592Ly away from Station X, the route plotter had some difficulties finding a route through the Perseus Fade but it made a 52 jump route, starting out with a neutron jump from Crab Pulsar. This will get tedious fast in the barren Fade.
Station X will likely be the last civilisation I see until my return to the bubble unless I find a carrier (rare on console) or if I stop by here on my back from the Outer Arm tip (if an alternative path through the Fade cannot be found).

I briefly cut through Elysian Shore on my way through. I picked up the entries for earthlike and non terraformable ammonia world in Slyaips SG-B d14-0.

I soon left Elysian Shore behind, not to be encountered again.
While checking high mass systems in sectors along my route, I found that the highest mass system in Hypoe Hypue Sector is an L class brown dwarf system with a mass code of H, an L6 V dwarf is the only star in the system. I decided not to investigate as it was nearly 1kLy off route but I'm intrigued as to how this happened.

I got the carbon dioxide ice fumarole and crystalline shard codex entries on a remote moon in the waypoint system. I decided to stop here and gather mats for jumponium.

I abandoned my plans to reach Serebrov Beacon when the route wouldn't plot. My next target is instead HD 34656, almost 2kLy away, on the far side of the Fade. the route was 47 jumps, 5 shorter than todays.

I saw a small, very blue object while en route, I decided to investigate since it didn't seem to line up with local stars. After another jump I saw a ring of stars that I also wanted to investigate. Through use of local sector names I identified the ring asterism as the NGC 1893 star cluster. IC 410 Sector seemed a promising host for the blue dot I saw earlier, which I thought might be a type 5 (snowball) planetary nebula not marked on EDastro but upon looking at Cmdr Vitamin Arrr's investigation of this sector it appears to be just another name for NGC 1893. The Dryao Ain KM-W e1-0 system is a B class system nearby that may be responsible, as I can no longer find the dot after jumping.
Following my discovery of the star cluster I am now re-routing there, to the CDS 490 system, 1,131Ly away. I spotted my blue dot again, but have now concluded that it is part of the background, not in this galaxy.

While examining local PoIs (such as NGC 1893 which I almost missed), I found that DSSA DLNV Leo's Vision is still present in Hyueths HS-H d11-5 according to the galmap, providing an excellent stopover opportunity. DSSA Aristarchos is still present too, as is DSSA Explorer's Bar & Grill, both in Xibalba. Things are looking up.

The first system I visited in NGC 1893 was CSI+33-05203 (aka HD 243070), this system contained a large B star, Herbig Ae/Be star, white T-Tauri, and several class IV gas giants and metal rich planets.
I then visited CDS 490, then NGC 1893 HOAG 10, which contained a B class giant and close orbiting F star and pulsar pair.

Along my route I passed through Groedst NH-M d7-0, an orange giant system. It was a short hop to HD 34656 from there. According to the codex this system is in the Formidine Rift as well as Kepler's Crest, so I got entries for both regions.
I visited some prasinum bioluminescent anemones on moon A2a. While here I gathered some mats for jumponium. I was hoping for both vanadium and cadmium but instead I only found a small amount of cadmium, and lots of chromium and tungsten.

My next waypoint is the DSSA carrier DLNV Leo's Vision, 2,739Ly away in the Outer Arm.

Almost overheated while dropping into a system with a close orbiting trio.
As I went further, star density started to go back up as I entered the Outer Arm and consequently I began finding more undiscovered planets.
I got first discovery on a good few WWs throughout Dryao Aewsy sector. It seemed that the moment I left the Fade it went from no undiscovered systems to all undiscovered systems and there also seemed to be an abnormal quantity of water worlds.
However, as unexpectedly as it appeared, my streak of undiscovered WW containing systems suddenly disappeared. For some odd reason it seemed all the M class system I hit were either only stars or already explored, whereas any K class systems seemed to be unexplored.
I encountered a random red giant in the Eorm Aewsy UO-Z d13-9, the codex didn't consider it to be one however and to be fair it wasn't very giant or even particularly luminous (IVb).

I eventually arrived at DSSA Leo's Vision. I'm actually surprised that these carriers are still around and functional on console. I got a lovely view of one of the ELWs in this system and the galactic bar from the carrier flight deck.
I did a full refuel and repair, then sold over 12mil cartographics and got 6 first discoveries, but was unfortunately unable to hand in my codex entries as the redemption office was closed on this carrier.
Next waypoint is 3 Geminorum, a blue supergiant and southernmost non procedurally generated star; 2,491Ly away. It isn't reachable with standard route plotting due to being above the galactic plane so some of those FSD mats will be coming in handy. It's 46 jumps to a system near 3 Geminorum and then I'd estimate another roughly 10 more after that.

South East tour, part 3: NGC 2438 to Crab Nebula

I arrived in the BD-14 2129 system, a Wolf-Rayet system at the centre of the NGC 2438 planetary nebula.
The nebula is a type 5 (snowball) nebula and the system has only the primary Wolf-Rayet star and nothing else.

I didn't stick around long before departing to my next waypoint, the terraformable ammonia world codex entry in Slegeae ES-J c25-0.
707Ly, 12 jumps (including 1 neutron jump).

The ammonia world in this system was in fact, not terraformable.
I continued on to Hell Port in the nearby Seagull Nebula anyway.

Seagull Nebula is a type 2 (rusty cloud) on my NVC system.
I sold over 5.7mil in cartographics and got first discovery on the Plaa Thua SX-J c22-1 system, which I didn't thoroughly scan as I assumed all systems I was passing through had been discovered.

I set down here for a while.

I stopped by the Gludgeia BA-A g0 system to pick up the Herbig Ae/Be codex entry. The system had a primary Herbig Ae/Be star and two large B class stars. It took me roughly 30 relatively uneventful jumps to get here.

After only another 10 or so jumps I arrived at Rosette Nebula. I landed at the New Beginning asteroid base, the civil unrest in this system had apparently calmed down since I last visited here in part 9 of my expedition to Crab Nebula.
I sold over 2.5mil of cartographics and got first discovery on 6 systems.

My next waypoint is Crab Nebula, nearly 3kLy away. I will be cutting a corner and skipping past Jellyfish and Monkey Head Nebulae this time.

Even though I said I would be skipping past Monkey Head Neb. it's close enough to the route so I'll be revisiting. It's 1,983Ly of basically nothing so it'll be a long 28 jumps though thankfully 3 of them are neutron jumps which has likely saved me some time.

Very soon into my journey, I found an ELW, I consider this a good omen for my upcoming travels.

My journey to Monkey Head was uneventful. My next waypoint is the black hole system of Cyoidai GH-U e3-3, at the centre of a type 4 (explosion) planetary nebula, known colloquially as the Sunny Side Down Nebula. 690Ly, 12 jumps.

I had previously heard that whenever you enter a system with a black hole as the primary object, you will always crash into the exclusion zone unless you have supercruise assist for rapid dethrottling (which I do not), so I prepared myself for a faceplant straight into a black hole when approaching the nebula.
The nebula was invisible from nearly 60Ly. I was apparently quick enough with my dethrottle and evasive manoeuvres to avoid the black hole. The nebula was also basically invisible from the interior too. The black hole provided an interesting view at least.

From here it was 584Ly to Crab Nebula, 8 jumps including 1 neutron jump. It was a quick and uneventful journey to Station X. The system was apparently experiencing a blight right now. What had previously taken me 101 days over 13 log entries had now taken me only 4 days and 3 entries, the more streamlined route accounted for some of it but improved ship design and technique most certainly accounted for a good amount of that time.
I earned 3.6mil in cartographics and got first discovery on three systems, taking my first discoveries on this expedition to 10 and my total first discoveries to 100 (assuming I've accurately kept track); 1 of these was from my nebula tour (near helix nebula), 89 are from Crab Expedition, mostly from Crab Nebula back to Messier 36, and 26 of them have been systems of D mass or higher.

This entry concludes Stage 1 of my SE Tour. Next stage will take me from Station X, along the Outer Arm through Kepler's Crest to the tip of the Outer Arm in Xibalba, passing by points of interest such as Amundsen's Star along the way.

South East tour, part 2: Hubble's Variable Nebula and Butterfly Nebula

I soon arrived in R Monocerotis in the Hubble's Variable Nebula, an unusually small type 2 (rusty cloud) nebula.
There was some bio signs on two of the moons, judging by the requirements and previously discovered varieties in this region, I concluded they must be either bark mounds or roseum bioluminescent anemones. Since I had already visited both of these, I decided not to stop by.

Since there was no other reason to stop I plotted to V651 Monoceros in the Butterfly Nebula, 633Ly away. A neutron jump in Hegoo sector optimised my route down to 10 jumps. It only cut off 1 jump but it made for a more interesting experience.

Butterfly Nebula is a type 0 (unique) nebula. Since it has its own unique model I rated it according to my nebula rating system.

Butterfly Nebula
Colours: 6/10, a nice vibrant red
Prominence: 2/10, quite small, not very visible
Accessibility: 5/5, central star system allows full access to interior of nebula
Total: 13/25

The nebula looks quite cool from the inside but the system itself has only A and M class stars and nothing else.

Next waypoint is NGC 2438 planetary nebula, 889Ly (17 jumps) away.

Exterior view of Butterfly Nebula

Interior view of Butterfly Nebula

South East tour, part 1: back to Barnard's Loop and onwards towards Hubble's Variable Nebula

This new expedition is my first in my newly outfitted Krait Phantom, the Raven.
This expedition will tour the south eastern quadrant, visiting PoIs and codex entries in the Outer, Perseus, and Saggitarius-Carina Arms.

Fist stop is the Oort system to get the codex entry for croceum lagrange cloud.
My 62Ly jump range made this process much quicker than it was last time I visited here.
The first NSP I stopped at was actually a luteolum lagrange cloud, which I needed the entry for anyway. There was also solid mineral spheres, albumum gourd molluscs, and rubeum metallic crystals present.
The next was a roseum cloud with prasinum metallic crystals. Since these are the only two NSPs I am unsure of where the croceum variety is supposed to be.

I dropped by the Orion Nebula Tourist Centre to sell 1.1mil of exploration data and hand in 52,500 worth of codex entries.

I began to make my way around Col 70 and over Barnard's Loop. When my first attempt at plotting failed I referred back to my previous route I had taken when visiting Horsehead, through Col 69 sector. The intrusive as always Col 70 sector and its friend, Horsehead Dark Region put some serious mileage on me but once I got past them I was clear of any locked zones until NGC 3603 on the return journey.
Along the way I entered Sanguineous Rim again.

I stopped in an E mass, class G system in Outotz Sector, not quite all the way to Hubble's Variable. It was now a straight shot of 20 jumps to R Monocerotis at the centre of Hubble's Variable since Cone Nebula and its locked sector shenanigans were circumvented.

Regor Expedition part 7: Return voyage

First waypoint is Synuefe XS-B c16-3. First thing I noticed while scanning was planet B6 which had an interesting looking ring system with a dense, narrow outer ring; thin, wide middle ring; and dense, narrow inner ring. Despite this it only had one, icy ring listed.
My target here was some ostrinum brain trees. Unfortunately they were over 475kLs away. After a bit over 20 minutes of travel I reached the planet. The first site I landed at had the right type of brain trees. They were purple in colour and went nicely with the orange terrain.

Due to time constraints this log will be split over two days rather than having two shorter logs for each day.

Visited Synuefe ZQ-V b35-4 first. There was a ringed water world that was smooth like a marble. I was here for the last brain tree codex entry, aureum brain trees.
Only one planet (planet 3) matched the codex requirements so I went there. The planet was only 0.03G off being a perfect 1G at 0.97G. I landed a little hard but my shields tanked the hit. Unfortunately this site was roseum so I moved to the next. On the third landing attempt I found the trees I was looking for. These were one of the nicest varieties.
Having seen all 7 varieties of brain trees in the Inner Orion Spur I have concluded that my top 3 are as follows:
1: Lividum
2: Aureum
3: Lindigoticum

Next stop was the red supergiant, Pi Puppis. Although the galmap classified it as M class, the codex considered it K class.

My next target was Synuefe EU-Q c21-10, reported location of a guardian pylon.
I came in too fast to drop to glide so I had to fly the remaining 40km or so in normal flight. I scanned the pylon and got out quick as I was being chased by guardian missiles.

I visited the HR 3005 system to see the Pilgrim's Ruin detention centre.

Finally I visited the Synuefe EN-H d11-96 system to see The Conduit, one of two Wells class carriers involved in a ferry system between this inhabited system and the bubble. The Conduit wasn't due to depart for Zende system until over a day from now so I decided to make my own way back after stopping for a quick look.

I began my return journey to 64 Ceti to continue work on my new Krait Phantom.
I sold 4.2mil of cartographics and redeemed 105,000 in codex entries.
The next planned expedition is a tour of the south eastern quadrant in my new Krait Phantom.

Regor Expedition part 6: Vela Pulsar, brain trees, and HIP 38064

My next waypoint was Col 173 Sector KY-Q d5-47, via the Vela Pulsar.
The vela pulsar was a typical neutron star with multiple class V gas giants and a B class secondary star orbiting it.

My destination had 66 bodies, including a water giant.
My target here was some lindigoticum brain trees which are found on rocky/HMC worlds with temperatures between 300-500K according to the codex.
Only one planet matched this description: a ringed HMCW only 224Ls away. Two moons contained guardian signals and another contained both guardian signals and bio signs. Temperatures indicate that these bio signs are either roseum or gypseeum brain trees, likely the former.

I found the right variety of trees on the first attempt, I quite like this variety.

I decided not to visit the other sites in this system as there likely wasn't anything I hadn't already seen at them.

I visited HIP 38064 next. I saw my first ever ringed M class star here, I also saw a brown dwarf orbiting another brown dwarf.
I visited planet 2, which is inside the corona of the main B class star. The views were incredible, some of the best I've seen during my space travels.

Planets 1 and 2

View from the surface

Regor Expedition part 5: Ghost of Jupiter PN

Soon into my return journey from Eight Burst PN I encountered an interesting system; Plio Eurl BM-C d13-22. It had a star of type A9 VI, A9 is within the threshold where ELWs are most likely. It had no ELWs but it had 10 HMCWs, 7 of which were landable and 5 of which had silicate magma geo signs. It also had two nice looking gas giants with water based life, and a small water giant.

Found a rather oblate gas giant with ammonia life in Plio Eurl TK-E d12-20.

Got first discovery on all planets and moons in Plio Eurl NE-G d11-16,I believe these are the first undiscovered planets I've found during this trip. Most systems are fully discovered this close to the bubble.

The BD-17 3140 system at the centre of the Ghost of Jupiter PN was a wolf-rayet star orbited by two class V gas giants and a ringed metal rich body; there was also a single set of degraded emissions there when I got there.
The nebula itself is a type 5 (snowball) on my NVC system, same as the previous Eight Burst PN.

At the degraded emissions there was scrap, limpets, personal effects, and a black box. I retrieved the black box and two sets of personal effects from the debris, leaving the scrap and limpets behind. It appears there was either no survivors or the escape pods had already been retrieved. The only identifiable piece of wreckage was the cockpit section of a diamondback explorer. Cause of destruction is not obvious but high degree of fragment scattering suggests an explosion.

I plotted a route back to Pencil Nebula to hand in the recovered items to a search and rescue contact, and to hand in any cartographics too.

In Wregoe DG-F d11-12 I found a seemingly non existent outer ring around planet 2 with an inner radius of 821,529km and an outer radius of 3,286,116km.

I arrived back at New Growth. I earned just over 5.5mil in cartographics and got first discovery on the Plio Eurl NE-G d11-16 and Synuefe PE-F a107-3 systems. I redeemed 2,500 in codex entries. I got nearly 50k for handing in the black box and two sets of personal effects I found in Ghost of Jupiter.

Regor Expedition part 4: Eight Burst planetary nebula

Started out by investigating the rings of Kataraktis Nefon up close, I see why they call it waterfall of clouds now.

I boosted using the neutron star to HD 79792, a B class system with a neutron star 101Ly away.

I used the neutron star there to jump to Plio Eurl DM-D d12-19, 220Ly away. I found a gas giant with ammonia life and a 12,000km radius there, and I also found two water worlds. The gas giant here was the smallest radius I've ever encountered for its type, but not quite the smallest of any gas giant I've seen.

After a few jumps I arrived in the CD-39 6137 system at the centre of Eight Burst nebula. This nebula is a type 5 (snowball) on my nebula visual categorisation (NVC) system, also known as model P1 in the Catalogue of Galactic Nebulae. There are 35 real nebulae that use this model (more than any other model), as well as a large amount of procedurally generated planetary nebulae, making it the most commonly used nebula model.
This model is one of my favourites along with type 7 (oblong) nebulae such as Spirograph nebula.
I visited the tourist beacon and a ringed water world moon in this system. It was quite spectacular.

Regor Expedition part 3: gypseeum goose chase and Kataraktis Nefon

I visited another bio site on the moon I landed on last time but it was yet again roseum trees. I decided to try the other moon with bio signs. To my dismay it was yet another roseum site. Same with the next. After several disappointments I returned to the original moon, feeling like the victim of some elaborate codex prank. I finally found some gypseeum brain trees at bio site 15 after 20 or so minutes including a 200km flight between bio signs. If these had've been roseum trees I would have called it quits right there but I was glad I found them, because the nearly luminescent green bark on the trees when the headlights shone on them was quite nice actually.

As I was going along my route I passed through HD 78786 which had a 13 solar radii G class star that strangely only had 0.9 solar masses.

My next waypoint was HD 78344, an O type supergiant with 87 solar masses but only 0.3 solar radii, a polar opposite to the previous star but even more strange.
The main star is orbited by 7 stars with plenty of rocky and metal rich moons. One of the stars is a ringed neutron star known as Kataraktis Nefon, translating as waterfall of clouds from ancient greek. the neutron star is also orbited by another star, making that M class star a moon.
Due to spending a lot of time searching for the gypseeum brain trees earlier I have to leave it here and return another day.

Regor Expedition part 2: Guardian site and Pencil Nebula

Started out with a quick hop to the Synuefe IL-N c23-19 system. I stopped by a roseum brain tree site on moon A1a. After this I ventured out to planet B2 to visit a guardian site and scan the guardian relic tower there for the codex. I arrived at the site and immediately scanned the tower; I then poked around a bit more, but was soon chased out by swarms of guardian missiles.

Following my escape from the guardian site I travelled to the Pencil Sector EL-Y d5 system to visit the New Growth asteroid base, an independent terraforming and agricultural base orbiting a terraformable HMCW, controlled by the Seven Stages Movement.
I sold 1.2mil of cartographics and redeemed 105,000 credits of codex entries.

Next waypoint is the high mass system of HIP 47126, which contains a B class supergiant, 2 neutron stars, and an A class star. I'm going to experiment with turning off both M and K class stars for this leg of the journey, the route is 4 jumps regardless.
The first neutron star was a quasar only 30Ls away from the main star, making a nice view on entry to the system. The other stars were 3kLs out so I didn't visit them. From here I could neutron jump straight to my next waypoint: Wregoe WO-Z d13-6, only 157Ly away, more than close enough with my new 240Ly neutron jump range.

This system contained two moons with bio signs. I opted to land on moon A2b, which despite being listed as atmosphereless, had some kind of dusty miasma coating the planets' surface, a phenomenon I've encountered before on a few worlds. The first site was a roseum site so I flew the 100km or so to the next site over to check that one. The fog filled craters and grey, barren surface made this moon truly eerie. Unfortunately this site was also roseum trees. I'll get the gypseeum brain trees tomorrow.