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    [Distant Worlds] The Cardinal Point Return

    Greetings Commanders

    I've finally returned from the Distant Worlds expedition. The good ship 'Delicate Sound of Blunder' performed beyond expectations and is now safely docked in the bubble. But my journey home has ended up being a bit more than just heading straight for the bubble. On my way back, I decided to head out as far west as I could, based on Sagittarius A*. As I left, I thought, 'you know what? Let's do it!'.

    So, I've returned to the bubble by visiting every Cardinal point in the galaxy based on Sagittarius A* being the central point

    This includes above and below Sag A*, as well as north, south, east and west. My self imposed rules were to head out to all points of the compass, but to head out there from the direction of Sag A*. No passing along the outer arms and no Jumponium (just the 32.4LY range of my armed Explorerconda). As a result, I know that other Commanders will get further out than I did, and that some probably already have (at least on the northern, eastern and southern cardinal points). Also, this journey wasn't exactly planned, so I've not taken massive amounts of screenies. Also, the journey to east and south were a bit rushed (if you can call 2 months rushing!) due to real life kicking in. And the coffee machine ran out after the western Cardinal point

    I have opened up my EDSM.net account for public perusal, including full flight map and all flight logs

    Stats
    Cardinal Point System Distance from Sag A* Date Visited
    Lower Sluemoa OD-B e9 2826.17LY 18/02/2016 08:59:06
    Upper Quemeou AA-A f23 2823.97LY 20/02/2016 17:55:38
    Northern Beagle Point 39386.35LY 02/04/2016 17:54:06
    Western Juemiae HV-H b16-0 35187.23LY 02/05/2016 19:15:14
    Eastern Hypeae Fruia NJ-X c28-0 32691.65LY 25/05/2016 00:20:15
    Southern Spaidou HI-B d13-0 34793.43LY 25/06/2016 18:37:25

    General Stats
    Journey Duration 163 Days
    Distance Travelled ~350,000LY
    Systems Visited 11,651
    Exploration Profit 273,142,693
    Highest Payout 757,923
    L2 Scans 0
    L3 Scans 506,024
    Ship / Ship Range Anaconda / 32.4LY
    Ship Status 100% hull and 100% on all modules
    Brown Trouser Moments 3 (due to close binary / trinary systems)
    Estimated Fun Value Incalculable!


    First Discoveries
    Earth Like Worlds 70
    Water Worlds 632
    Ammonia Worlds 62
    Neutron Stars 380
    Black Holes 54
    White Dwarfs 49
    Herbig Ae/Be Stars 4
    MS Class Stars 3
    S Class Stars 2
    O Class Stars 2
    CN Class Stars 1



    Images

    Screencap of the entire journey for those unable to access EDSM.net for whatever reason


    Stats before selling Cartographics


    Stats after selling Cartographics


    Ringed Erath Like orbiting a ringed Class III gas giant at Tyriedgae ZJ-I d9-3

    And a few snaps from the album















    Thanks to everyone involved in the Distant Worlds project for giving me the confidence to do this, and for keeping me sane on the looooong legs between the cardinal points. Space Madness nearly set in on many occasions, but just seeing the little green icons of my fellow Explorers winding their own ways back to the bubble helped a lot

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    Congrats on the safe return, and for taking the long way home!

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    Congratulations Duckfather - that's an epic achievement and worthy of preserving on the Pioneering Expeditions list if ok with you?

    Check out the entry, and let me know if the details are ok : The Expedition Hub

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    Wow! What can I say! You just made my day

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    I've added full first discovery stats to the OP. Now to go through the screencaps

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    As I've said several times throughout your trip, you're mental.

    Great achievement though. I still haven't made it to Sag A* and I set off before you (in Jan)!
    All of this has happened before... And will happen again...

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    Hah, that's funny. I'm back in about 3 days, and was going to post similar stats. And then I saw this:

    L3 Scans 506,024
    L3 Scans 506,024


    L3 Scans 506,024!!

    Sweet suffering Methuselah!?! Are you some kind of scanning space bot? I've been gone a similar amount of time, travelled to about 60% of that number of systems, but have scanned about 5% of that number bodies.

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    There's a bug in the L3 scan numbers (a newish bug that is, not the old one(s)) which can vastly inflate them. I had something like 600,000 for my DWE trip which is complete nonsense.

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    Originally Posted by Allitnil View Post (Source)
    There's a bug in the L3 scan numbers (a newish bug that is, not the old one(s)) which can vastly inflate them. I had something like 600,000 for my DWE trip which is complete nonsense.
    Interesting, thanks. I was wondering how he was both travelling quite a bit faster than me, yet still scanning far, far more bodies than I did.

    Very interested in this, as I'm trying to figure out if I'll make Elite on the back of DW. I'm kinda sorta burnt-out at this point, and won't be heading back out for a while.

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    I have to admit, I thought it was high when I saw it. But then again, on DW I scanned everything because I knew that I could travel much faster than the fleet, but still wanted to stay with everyone, as that was the point of it all. I actually travelled over 100KLY out to Beagle Point because of the many side trips I took between waypoints and scanned every body in ~90% of the systems I passed through, so I tended to beleave the figure. But if it's a bug, it's a bug

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    Originally Posted by Duckfather View Post (Source)
    I have to admit, I thought it was high when I saw it. But then again, on DW I scanned everything because I knew that I could travel much faster than the fleet, but still wanted to stay with everyone, as that was the point of it all. I actually travelled over 100KLY out to Beagle Point because of the many side trips I took between waypoints and scanned every body in ~90% of the systems I passed through, so I tended to beleave the figure. But if it's a bug, it's a bug
    Hah. I was the opposite. Trailing behind the whole way, so I was flying like an explorer possessed.

    (Actually, that's not really true. I'm just too prone to distractions. This is very close to what I was like every time I landed on a planet:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz-7aQ_JYYg

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    Is there a typo in the tables, or is the distance to the up-most and bottom-most system really exactly the same?

    Other than that, that is a massive journey, you've made, CMDR Duckfather.
    You deserve all the adoration you can get.

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    Originally Posted by Chris Simon View Post (Source)
    Is there a typo in the tables, or is the distance to the up-most and bottom-most system really exactly the same?

    Other than that, that is a massive journey, you've made, CMDR Duckfather.
    You deserve all the adoration you can get.
    Well spotted. Typo fixed. Although the actual distance is still pretty close to the typo.

    And thanks

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