A group planetary circumnavigation expedition (scouting phase)

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I think I want to have more than one SRV available - my trip round Charon was fairly unadventurous (few detours and mountain climbs) due to only having the one :D

Anyone recommend a ship and build?
Smallish footprint (for finding landing spots on rough terrain), decent range, lots of SRVs. That's about it. I'll probably use my DBX.
 
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OK - I have a new favourite, 25 Nu-2 Draconis 3 D, suggested by Tannik Seldon. The landscape is STUNNING and, despite having no surface POI's, I could definitely spend a month driving around this one.

















Surface map video upload later.
 
I've finally found a use for that "visited systems" filter in the galaxy map, and have been methodically working my way across the bubble looking for more candidates.

I feel like we've found a lot of good or even "really good" choices, but I'm still holding out for perfection. :) Awesome terrain & colors, right size, interesting stuff in the sky, at least one (preferably landable) surface base, geological POIs.

But yeah, so far 25 Nu-2 Draconis is the one to beat IMO. If anyone wants to check it out, it's helpfully adjacent to the current CG.
 
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For some reason I only noticed this thread today.
Can I join?
I was kind of sceptical about my ability to make my own circumnavigation, so I never attempted one, but doing it with others sounds like fun I would love to try.
 
For some reason I only noticed this thread today.
Can I join?
I was kind of sceptical about my ability to make my own circumnavigation, so I never attempted one, but doing it with others sounds like fun I would love to try.
Absolutely - the more the merrier. I'll have to give some thought to setting a pace between waypoints I guess. It is a shame that the 25 Nu-2 Draconis world didn't have any POI's because I really like the idea of an optional challenge to visit all the geolologicals/biologicals. For that reason alone I reckon we keep looking for a little while longer yet.
 
Thanks guys \o/

I'm going to throw my candidate in, just for the sake of adding some options.
It's close, about 200Ly from Sol. Inhabited System.
34 Omicron Cephei A3 a
1st moon orbiting second gas giant (binary system)
radius: 648km
gravity: 0,08G
Silicate Vapour Geysers: 34






 
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Thanks guys \o/

I'm going to throw my candidate in, just for the sake of adding some options.
It's close, about 200Ly from Sol. Inhabited System.
34 Omicron Cephei A3 a
1st moon orbiting second gas giant (binary system)
radius: 648km
gravity: 0,08G
Silicate Vapour Geysers: 34
Yup, another stunner here. I don't know if it's quite as dramatic as 25 Nu-2 Draconis 3 D but on the other hand it does have all those lovely geological POIs .

I actually stopped off at its neighbour A3 B first which was also pretty nice ..







Oh, and another factor to consider - this one has a REALLY good surface for drawing on!

I thought that was good until I saw A3 A tho' - wow (sorry, went a bit screenshot crazy)

















My only reservation with this place is, would the intense sulphurous yellow get a bit tiresome after a while? It's spectacular but I think it might.
 
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Ha!! The best scouter joins the team...

Welcome!!
Thanks Jonas :D
I'm really looking forward to driving alongside you this time.
(Or behind you, as my experiences up to this point convince me I'll be the slowest one)


My only reservation with this place is, would the intense sulphurous yellow get a bit tiresome after a while? It's spectacular but I think it might.
One could head to the mountains then, for some brown-reddish hues ;)
 
Absolutely - the more the merrier. I'll have to give some thought to setting a pace between waypoints I guess. It is a shame that the 25 Nu-2 Draconis world didn't have any POI's because I really like the idea of an optional challenge to visit all the geolologicals/biologicals. For that reason alone I reckon we keep looking for a little while longer yet.
They also make really convenient targetable waypoints so there's no need to deal with coordinates.

I'm going to throw my candidate in, just for the sake of adding some options.
It's close, about 200Ly from Sol. Inhabited System.
34 Omicron Cephei A3 a
1st moon orbiting second gas giant (binary system)
radius: 648km
gravity: 0,08G
Silicate Vapour Geysers: 34
That's a really solid candidate too!



My overall impression (correct me if I'm wrong, Alec) is that there's no particular rush to nail down a planet, so we've got some time to enjoy collecting candidates and keep trying to one-up them!
 
Just caught up with this thread and would love to join with my alt-account 'Hated Nightfall'. It would be a fantastic contrast to the DW2 fleet jumping which my main account is engaged in - perfect, even.

I don't have any candidates but will fire up the old 'Wilderness of Tigers' and nose about in local space to see what's lying out there!

Sing me up, Commanders!
 
Spent a bit more time on 34 Omicron Cephei A3 A as the gas giant was being very photogenic



Even tried a spot of "ring driving" ..



Then time to head off ..

Next stop, MCC 460 1 which is another sulphurous yellow planet but this one also has a bunch of geological POIs, 2 bases + 2 landable settlements, one of which is a large ringed city so I think it actually beats 34 Omicron Cephei in some ways. Actually ended up doing a 75km drive from the Matthews base to a nearby small mountain, heading directly into the sun and some really awesome long shadows. Despite it's apparent lack of major landscape features (although I haven't actually checked that closely enough yet) I really like this one, possibly joint first place for me now in fact with 24 Nu-2 Draconis (the latter has more spectacular/varied terrain but no bases or POI's at all).








Just caught up with this thread and would love to join with my alt-account 'Hated Nightfall'. It would be a fantastic contrast to the DW2 fleet jumping which my main account is engaged in - perfect, even.

I don't have any candidates but will fire up the old 'Wilderness of Tigers' and nose about in local space to see what's lying out there!

Sing me up, Commanders!
Welcome aboard sir!
 
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