for me now it's more about trying to find a galactic record...
I definitely don't change ships as much as you but I have never taken the same ship out on a long exploration trip twice. So far I have used (chronological order) AspX, Anaconda, Beluga, Clipper, Vulture and have a Dolphin, Viper IV and Sidewinder in the works. I have never had a jump range over 52 Ly for a long trip. My Asp X currently has a range of 68 Ly but that is my bubble taxi, not for exploring anymore.
You won't regret itI'm tempted to switch to my Beluga for exploration once I get back from wherevertheshitiamrightnowcosifixedsomestuffforLanceinthedarkdepthsofthegalaxy.
I'm sourly tempted by the Eagle as well. I have one on the back burner ready to go. I like the higher combat capability and survivability of the Vulture though. It's like a nimble little tank.I love these discussions, because it stirs up the debate that rages within myself once every few weeks. The longer jump ranges are quite wonderful for getting to places quickly, and course plotting easily. But part of me really wants to fly off-meta ships that are just fun to fly, but then it's usually not long before I'm wishing I had repair limpets that I don't use, or something.
If it came down to just "cockpit feel" alone, I'd probably fly an Eagle, but to date I've never been able to bring myself to be so limited when I can just choose something like the Phantom, which never gets in my way. (I only toyed with the Eagle near bubble space, so far)
As an aside: I'm the guy who has historically changed exploration ships about once every 6 weeks for the last 2 years.
Agreed. Those extreme edges are a tiny sub-section of exploration, widely overrated and for the Guinness book at best.Yes, you should. You'll be fine.
Unless you want to check out the extreme edges or highs/lows of the galaxy, in which case you'll have to min/max your loadout - just to find out that all the stuff out there is already thoroughly explored/tagged.
The thing I like about the Conda, is that it hardly moves when in a neutron cone. The Beluga moves a LOT more in comparison
And i was about to suggest to OP to try a Clipper for exploration.That's true, the slower the steering, the less it gets buffeted around in a neutron cone. The T9 was nice for this-- it hardly felt it.
It's funny you say that, I figured the same thing but I wanted to test it so I did a neutron boost with my Vulture and it was far more stable than I thought it would be; actually more stable than the Beluga (sorry Rick). I was very surprised.That's funny. I suppose it's a good thing I don't use neutron boosts then. My Vulture might end up backwards inside of itself.
Good to know! Thanks for taking one for the team.It's funny you say that, I figured the same thing but I wanted to test it so I did a neutron boost with my Vulture and it was far more stable than I thought it would be; actually more stable than the Beluga (sorry Rick). I was very surprised.