Today, 10:39 AM · 17 replies and 209 views.
No, that's my total. All in all, I have something like 210-220m in profits from exploration (which is the 100k+ scans), which is what it's taken me to get to Elite. I think they've bumped up the amount required for Elite in 2.3 since the prices increased as it previously needed around 160m.
Over 100,000 scans would net you a lot more these days.
Since 2.3, high metal content planets (which there are so many of) went from around 8,000cr each to something like 36,000 each, water worlds have gone from around 36,000 to over 300,000 each and ELW's from around 60-70k to over 600k each.
So, exploration is actually quite lucrative these days if you're willing to put the time in. You won't earn money as quickly as mission stacking, but if you want to have a chilled time it's pretty cool.
I got over 300,000 for just the bonus credits for a single first discovery water world amongst my data sale last night.