Just thought I'd slip a thought in here...I wanted to build an explorer/miner. .........
I use an Anaconda for long exploration trips (lets me carry many modules) but for jaunts of less than a week or two I just use an AspX as I don't need AFMU, nor more than one SRV and neither will I carry refuelling and repair limpet controllers. I have only put mining gear on an explorer for the specific purpose of the DW2 CG and that gear is now stored in the resultant station.
So my question is - why do mining when out exploring? Carrying a load of valuable goodies in the hold on return to inhabited space is just begging for pirates to come sniffing. Mining near one of the distant stations I could possibly contemplate but mining out in the black otherwise seems a strange choice.
Care to convert me?