CMDR Kris Afron profile > Logbook

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wamwI' [KR-13D]
(Diamondback Explorer)
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4 Feb 2019
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Circumnavigation route published.

I have published my galaxy circumnavigation route here

Kris Afron's Hexagonal Circumnavigation

It was a lot of fun and i'm planning a few other excursions for the future.

CMDR Kris Afron signing off.

Increasing the Fleet

With my newfound credits I shot over to Shinrarta Dezhra and had an orgy of ship buying. So my fleet now has over 20 types and I gained a couple of badges.

Since then I've concentrated on getting the most out of the Diamondback Explorer with outfitting and engineers modifications. I still have a bit of work to do with it, but I need the right manufactured and encoded materials to complete it - and a few runs to engineers to obtain the experimental effects. My aim with this ship is to get the maximum jump distance that I can, which is about 68 ly according to ED Astrometrics.

Then i'll start the same exercise on the other new ships.

But right now i'm running missions to get material and encoded rewards. The credits are a bonus, but the main thing is the materials now.

CMDR Kris Afron signing off.

Home Sweet Home!

I arrived at Sol 11:36 ship time.

The paint job took a battering,

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But I soon got that dealt with and all necessary repairs done too.

Then I downloaded the Universal Cartographic data, which took 40 minutes! Well it brought me a tidy profit, nearly 1,300,000,000 CR after I'd paid for the repairs and re-spray.

It is good to be back home. Time for a beer!

CMDR Kris Afron signing off

Nearly there now.

As I approach Sol, a local feature becomes visible from the cockpit window.

Barnard's Loop is a familiar site in the skies around the bubble,

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I'll be home soon!

CMDR Kris Afron signing off.

Another great day in the office?

For office read cockpit!

Since yesterdays log entry I've achieved 199 jumps covering 11840 ly, which I think is a new record for me. I now have 4791.3 ly to go to complete this journey.

I have to admit to being a bit knackered by todays marathon attempt. I'm back in the Inner Orion Spur, somewhere that I've not seen since 9th July and heading back to civilisation.

I've set up the next navigation waypoint as Prooe Drye ES-H d11-91, which is 45 jumps and 2721.6 ly in the general direction of Sol, I have to try and remember how to dock at a station, it has been so long since I've done it.

So what am I going to do when I get back? Number 1 is going to be repairs and a new coat of paint for P'Taq and then i'll cash out my scanning haul which EDSM estimates at just over 1.1 billion CR at the moment. I'd like to get away and do some more combat, collect some manufactured materials and some data - I may even run a few missions solely for the purpose of being rewarded with them too.

Then I'm going shopping for some new ships, I'll head over to Shinrarta Dezhra and get my collection up to 10 types for the Classic Collection badge - I'll need four vessels to do that.

Then who knows, at some point I'll definitely be planning some more expeditions and I'll put the route of this jaunt onto the EDSM Routes page as well, I just need to decide how many and which waypoints to include.

Goodnight all.

CMDR Kris Afron signing off.

More good progress.

Yesterday I covered 8683 ly on the journey back to Sol and I now have only 16630 ly to go.

I'm currently at FLyue EAscs KU-O b36-1, where I spent the night idle in the system plotting my route to the next waypoint.

So for now I'm aiming at Flyiedgae OD-I d10-5.

I had a look at the Christmas nebula on the way here, there are more nebulas around now that I'm heading back to the bubble, but after my last experience I'm just passing them by.

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CMDR Kris Afron signing off.

The Looking Glass Nebula, an adventure and a warning.

Well, I worked hard at getting to the Looking Glass Nebula, set the navigation to Bla Eaeb QT-Z d13-0 which is 500 ly away from it.

I stopped at 25 jumps out and took this shot, so it is looking like it is going to be large.

From here I went hell for leather for the waypoint, turned off hyperdrive dethrottle and stopped scanning systems. Jump after jump and then I started encountering neutron stars and white dwarfs so I really had to concentrate on the flying.

When I got to Bla Eaeb QT-Z d13-0, I tried to navigate to Floagh FI-B d13-1 in the centre of the nebula, but with my jump range it wouldn't have it. so I backtracked the path to find where I could get to and aimed there instead - Bla Eaeb Q1-B d13-0.

There were more neutrons and dwarfs and I arrived as close as I could, here are a couple more shots...

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At this point my options to proceed looked limited. I didn't want to go back and try to plot a way round the nebula, so I boosted to Bla Eaeb NC-D (neutron), then I had to boost again to Bla Eaeb UT-Z d13-0 and another boost to Bla Eaeb KI-Y c28-0. Now I'd kind of gone up and over the nebula, so I proceeded to Floagh AS-B d13-0 and then aimed for Floagh AA-Q d5-0, which is a bit clear of this region on the way back to Sol.

Fatigue forced me to take a break for the night so I set down on planet 2 at Floagh BD-Q c19-0.

A bit of an adventure!

Now the warning, my premium boost range is about 127 ly and I had to use it three times in a row traversing this area, if your ship can't get this far on boost then give the area a wide berth or maybe you can make use of neutron star boost - I didn't want to chance that I have too much valuable data to return to civilisation to risk losing.

Phew, maybe this adventure isn't over yet.

Goodnight all.

CMDR Kris Afron signing off.

Eishorks PX-L d7-17

I arrived at Eishorks PX-L d7-17 late afternoon, having passed into the Errant Marches at Whanuae UG-Y c7. On the way EDSM estimated my scan value since last docking exceeded 1 billion credits, so no reckless actions between here and SOL!

It's 2 months since I started this escapade and I've decided that I'm looking forward to getting home. There's a temptation to call in to Caravanserai (starport) at Gandharvi or Sacaqawea Space Port (planetary base) at Skaudai CH-B d14-34 on the way back to cash in the Astrometric Data. I've been to both of those stations on my way back from Colonia to Sol when I visited Sag A*, so maybe i'll miss them out this time.

The Looking Glass Nebula is 8630 ly away, which might take a couple of days to get to, or if I really work at it just one day.

Whatever my next waypoint is Eock Flye XX-L c10-5.

CMDR Kris Afron signing off.

Spending the night at Dryo Fruia ZE-R d4-24

There's 4,419.67 ly to go before I hit Boerns LL-B a109-2, but I've decided to turn earlier than that at Eishorks PX-L d7-17 which is only 3,621.58 ly away. From there I'll head towards the Looking Glass Nebula Floagh FI-B d13-1 for a bit of variety, then from there I'm heading back to Sol.

The deviation should take me into the Errant Marches, then through the Outer Arm (where I've been for a good deal of this leg), the Perseus Arm and the Vulcan Gate on my last leg towards home.

I have to admit that this leg has been a bit boring, not much in the way of interest. So it'll be good to get onto the last leg which promises to have a few more nebulae to visit. The downside is that these areas are more widely travelled so there'll be less opportunity for discovering unvisited systems.

CMDR Kris Afron signing off.

An experiment and a detour.

Let's explain the experiment first.

My modus operandi when I'm exploring is to have the Supercruise Assist computer set to Hyperspace Dethrottle when I enter a system. So P'Taq comes to a halt and I scan the system with the discovery scanner. Obviously this tells me how many bodies there are in the system.

If there are only stars, I get told that the system is fully scanned and I can then proceed straight to the next jump after I fuel scoop. If there are other bodies, the discovery scanner lets me know how many and I then use the Full System Scanner to have a quick look at the system spectrum.

If that shows Ammonia worlds, Earthlike worlds or Water worlds then I will usually fully scan the whole system. Quite often then I also pick up High Metal Content worlds. If there are none of the above then I move on without a full system scan.

So I was wondering what I was missing by doing this (in terms of monetary reward). Hence the experiment - at Xothe YR-Y b41-8, which showed no interesting worlds I did a full scan. There were 5 gas giants, 26 icy bodies, 2 low value high metal content worlds and 14 asteroid clusters, the full scan earned just over 70,000 CR according to EDSM. At the next system, Xothe LN-S c17-13, which had 1 water world, 1 low value and 1 high value High Metal Content worlds and 6 icy bodies the full scan netted about 273,000 CR. But this rose to 4,437,000 CR after I mapped the water world and the valuable high metal content world.

All in all then I think that my method gives me the optimal return on the time that I invest in scanning a system. If these numbers are representative (and my travels kind of indicate they are) then by ignoring the less valuable ones I can make a better profit in terms of credits per system than I would if I scanned everything. A useful experiment I think, so I'll continue with the methodology.

And a diversion - once I reached Xothe IR-N d6-11, my latest waypoint, I was close to the Osprey Stellar Remnant, Eos Brai KR-W e1-4, so I made an 18 jump detour to go visit it.

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CMDR Kris Afron signing off.