I have reached the estimated scan value of £2bn Credits. I know this milestone wont be accurate, due to discrepancies between members and non-members of EDSM, but still its a milestone nonetheless.
The milestone occurred in the Striechaea QF-D d13-2 system, part way through mu traverse of the Tyros Ridge.
Explorers Anchorage is still over 39k Light years away and as such the navicom cannot calculate a route. Tried a star a bit closer but the plotting still fails - I suspect the gap between Arms is the issue and will have to make a boosted jump to start with.
Now arrived at Throsaae PD-B d1, the 1st waypoint on my return leg to the bubble. The trip down took me on the inside edge of the Sagittarius Carina Arm where it was mostly undiscovered systems. I've now reach a point near the Tyros Ridge where the gap between spiral Arms is narrower. I had hoped my estimated scan values to have reach 2BN cr at this point but unfortunately I hit a region of space filled with Star only systems, however my destination system proved bountiful. 2 HMC, 1 WW and an ELW - appx 6.5m CR, Running estimated total = 1,956,155,704cr
When you break your journey with your ship having a nice round number of jumps to your final destination, say 80, and when you re-plot your route it suddenly adds on half a dozen more, or in some cases the final destination is now unreachable !!!
It would seem that the two nebulae I have been Chasingon & off are in Fact the magellanic clouds. What a nob
So trying to keep as high as possible poses a challenge as I cross into inter arm space. I've had to come down so as to get stars within reach of even my extended jump range. The Nebula I previous gave up chasing still appears in my cockpit as I travel so there is still a chance I might encounter it close up
So I've been chasing that nebula for a while now and it's not getting any closer, so I've decided to go back to the original plan and make my way to explorers anchorage. Although I've decided to"take the high road" and try and get as high we I can en route
Ok I'm at Fleckaea IM-D c15-2 and I've been seeing this nebula for a while now. Sometimes the jumps on my planned route point straight at it, othertimes not.
I'm curious enough now to change my original return waypoint to try go and visit the nebula.
1st leg on the way home was intended to take me acroos to the Sagittarius-Carina Arm. appx 3000 lights years.
As expected this area of the galaxy is well travelled as it is easier to get to and from Beagle Point this way. I did however come across 2 uncharted systems in the 81 I passed through to get here, which is Fleckeae GZ-H c26-0.
Not exactly an interesting system, 3 stars and a non-terraformable HM world.
Next leg planned is a 15,800 ly trek across the top or the SC-Arm into the centre of the Archeron region. Nav-com currently estimates 435 jumps.
Finally, 5 months after departing Colonia (27/12/18), I have reached Beagle Point in my, what is becoming, my trusty Krait Phantom.
On this leg of my journey I have visited 1,481 distinct systems, scanned 4,487 stars and 22,139 planets.
So far it has taken over a year to get here, having departed the bubble on the 8th of April 2018 I arrived at Colonia on the 29th of OCtober 2018 and had a 3 month layover during which time I waited for new exploration tools, purchased the Krait and put her through Space Trials.
Now begins the long journey back home, I will re-visit Sag A* and the new Explorer's Anchorage Station in Stuemeae FG-Y d7561, but I wish to take a route less well travelled in order to find more undiscovered systems