One potential problem. And that is my favorite system type. Those XX-X X# systems with no extra -#. Those and other similar ones often have weird sun layouts with weird planet arrangements. In fact they can easily have an odd streak of heavy metal or metal rich planets as those are the money makers for those rarer odd system strings. It could be the gas giant is the sun. Or that the sun we are looking for is not the main star!My opinion is that FDev is leaving clues to make an otherwise completely impossible search, possible. Extremely unlikely, but possible.
No hints: The chances of finding the star system would literally be 1 in 250 billion. The station could be in any system in the galaxy which would make it completely impossible to find.
Then a wild hint appears. The station is in a system with a gas giant that has 8 or more moons: This cuts the possible number of systems down several orders of magnitude. Still, our original number was 250 billion, so still way too many systems to manually search.
Then, what is in my opinion anyway, a fairly subtle hint, a picture of the station next to a planet, or more precisely, a moon with a giant star in the background. It's only when you combine the previous hint with the realization that the only possible way for the star to appear this big, from the viewpoint of the 8th moon of a gas giant is if it's a giant star. Combine that with the analysis done on the color of the star to match the temperature to possible star types and now we have (again, in my opinion) a viable strategy to actually locate this thing.
And we have found multiple star systems that match that exact arrangement, so we know it's possible, but very rare.
The number of EDSM catalogued star systems that contain a gas giant with 8 or more moons, a giant star of the correct size, temperature, and ratio of size/distance to the gas giant is betwen 30 and 40 depending on the exact criteria. That's galaxy wide. Out of the tens of millions of star systems that are currently catalogued in EDSM.
Granted, we only have a tiny, tiny, tiny part of the galaxy mapped, but the hints, assuming they are hints and we are not just chasing our tails here, have made this search possible in my opinion.
I also like the way Rexus put it:
If it's in one of those systems that could either add system or reduce it pretty heavily. They seem to be the pre exploration update big money systems. My favorite systems are in those setups. 8)
Edit: In fact, exhausting these systems in the bubble would not be that hard. It's a bunch of small sectors put together. The amount of these systems is not as hard to find. Especially with a good exploration ship.
The hard ones to exhaust are the ones out in themiddle of nowhere, or the ones that aren't named that are just 2mass or other odd clusters. Especially loose clusters. Has anyone tried fully exploring the NGC's also. Space hotdogs can have lots of 2mass and other odd systems. Although they have lots of stars in them.