After a dull few weeks, catching a few hours here and there and making more money for my 2nd Imperial Cutter - My friend mentioned that a small black hole was in Maia.
At just 10 jumps from Ceos, I thought - Why not!
Hopped in the trusty Asp Explorer and trundled over to Maia to have a gander.
Pitstop - Maia, docked in Obsidian Orbital to refuel and repair.
Black hole is 300,000 Ls from the stn, a nice leisurely cruise :)
http://prntscr.com/reyo9n - Approaching from afar, nebulae background
http://prntscr.com/reypsi - Still approaching, more nebulae and a void background
http://prntscr.com/rez0f3 - Arrival
http://prntscr.com/rez0wx - Hole portrait - Not what I expected tbh
I've also gained the EDSM badge - 'Made my first billion!'.
After some painful lessons (T9 loses, a long-way from home Self Destruct and a Planet crash) and consuming a lot of time (1700 hrs+), I've done it, got my mattress stuffed - so it appears that I've got 1 Billion credits spare..
I've certainly NOT gained this Billion as loose change my any easy means, because I have time on my side and not too concerned with my Credit/Hr ratio!
Now to imagine I have no money again and work onwards to my next ship procurement goals:
I departed Ngalinn, headed for Betelgeuse. Just 20 jumps, so a FSS now and then and stopped for screenies on the way:
Betelgeuse is a red giant star, 700 times the size of SOL. If it were placed in the SOL solar system, it would consume everything as far as Mars.
However, the star is 643 light-years from Earth, so Earth will be safe from the explosion, when Betelgeuse finally does supernova.
But Betelgeuse would still be visible from Earth when it does explode, probably for a few weeks, also easily noticeable during the day!
The last supernova which was visible to the naked eye was Kepler’s Star, 1604.
Upon arrival, bit of sight seeing. More screenshots:
http://prntscr.com/r2b32m Betelgeuse III view
I found a water world when returning via SYNUEFE FG-F C14-10, Planet 10
It was unfortunately a murky sandy brown colour, not at all pretty.
You know you a get a sense,'That feeling', your OCD has kicked in because something is not completed, tidied up??
Well over the weeks since gaining Duke rank, so I could purchase a Imperial Cutter, I just kept noticing 11% Duke, 11% Duke on my status.
It had to be progressed, I returned to Mainani & Ngalinn and smashed out the Courier missions and gained King Rank.
I even FSS the two systems, because that also irked my OCD!
After recovering from my Cutter and fitment damage to my wallet, I snagged a Fer-de-lance for later enjoyment!
Anaconda once I get 200 mil more stashed under the mattress!
After visiting three of the Ursa Major systems, to clear my bucket list a bit more - I made a dash for Vega and then Sol, as they were so close.
http://prntscr.com/qwazo3 Between a rock and a hard place.
http://prntscr.com/qwazsu Moon orbit
http://prntscr.com/qwazyw Moon orbit
http://prntscr.com/qz2177 Earth view
http://prntscr.com/qz21h7 Earth view 2
With poor planning I just stored screenshots, as ED0000xx etc.
So I'll just have to dump those I cant recall where and why specifically here:
http://prntscr.com/qvx3yu I think this is Earths moon
Type 9 Docked, cockpit scheen http://prntscr.com/qvx436
Type 9 refueling http://prntscr.com/qvx4bu
Type 9 refueling http://prntscr.com/qvx4fo
Type 9 refueling http://prntscr.com/qvx4j5
Ceos Type 9 hauling http://prntscr.com/qvx4ml
http://prntscr.com/qvx4zn Possibly Rigel
http://prntscr.com/qvx53t Possibly Betelguse
http://prntscr.com/qvx57t Saturn, scnner mode
http://prntscr.com/qvx5cv Beluga maiden voyage from Brunel Hub
http://prntscr.com/qvx5jh 2nd sun looks warped
http://prntscr.com/qvx5nu Stunning sun prominence's
http://prntscr.com/qvx5u7 Helm view
http://prntscr.com/qvx5z0 Some moon, nice crater!
http://prntscr.com/qvx664 Inbound for docking
A quick dash to California, well specifically: California Nebula, System California Sector DL-Y D25
Full System scan and a screenie or two, an amazing red colouring to the Nebula.
http://prntscr.com/qvu0g4 Nebula Backdrop to Asp Explorer
http://prntscr.com/qvu1n9 Cashing in the FSS efforts at Mic Turners outpost.