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And thus did it transpire that the CMDR didst think hisself lucky whenst an opinion poll appeared before him and so did he cheer and say lo! behold my prowess!

And thus did it further transpire that the CMDR didst encounter the emergency board edict and he did enter his inventory and did manage it with aplomb. Betwixt his smug demeanor and struck dumb muscle memory, he did fail to empower the confirm transfer mechanism and thus did his opinion poll fall into pit of hades.

Darkness fell across the land.
 
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So, I've been using a very cool little tool called Elite Observatory. It's a lightweight program that runs in the background while you're playing, and watches the journal files as you scan, looking for anything "interesting or unusual."

It pops up a message when it spots stuff like wide rings, shepherd moons...a whole list of such stuff that I would very possibly not notice.

Yesterday it popped up a message about a gas giant with a wide ring, and 3 shepherd moons (these are moons that orbit between or inside the ring(s)). So I went over to take a look at it.

There were 2 rings, one small and close to the planet, and one huge and quite a distance from the planet. And as expected there were 3 moons orbiting between the 2 rings. I landed on the 2 that were landable, to see if I could get a good view of the rings, but they were not visible from the surface.

However, there was a 4th moon orbiting just outside the wide ring, and it had biologicals on it, so I went there as well. From there I was able to get this very cool pic of the gas giant overhead, with it's huge rings. It's quite a sight to see! You can even pick out the 3 shepherd moons (just dots from here).

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While I'm speaking about tools, there are some plugins for Elite Observatory written by another CMDR (MattG) which I find useful. In particular the Bioinsights one keeps track while you're doing exobiology stuff, and lets you know when you've travelled far enough to do the next sample. It also keeps a running account of what you're scanning, what bios are likely to be present, how much they are worth, and stuff like that. Very nice.


Lastly, there's a little program called SRV Tracker. With this you can save surface locations, and use the tracker to go back to them easily. It's designed for racers to use, but it's very useful for exobiology as well. For example, if I'm out searching for samples of, say, a Fonticula, and I run across a Bacteria, I can't scan the Bacteria because my sample cannister is in use. But with SRV tracker I can mark the spot and come back to it once I've complete my Fonticula scans. It makes life a bit easier :)


Fun times :)
 
Lovely sky though. Really hope the devs are working on letting us land on planets with weather cycles. Even if they're sterile; clouds, rivers, lakes, oceans, would be amazing to fly through. And think of water worlds; no complexities above the surface, but Camino-style outposts. Which would probably be a great place for cheap fish!
Yes, water worlds where they only have to worry about the atmosphere/weather and the outposts on the water should be the best for FDev to start. No need to worry about forest, trees, rivers, caves, marshes, icebergs, beaches, jungles, waterfalls etc etc etc. (and of course if you have an ELW we will demand 568949 species of animals and 672984 bird types and why cant we swim in the water where are the fishies how about some dinos??!?!?!)
 
So, I've been using a very cool little tool called Elite Observatory. It's a lightweight program that runs in the background while you're playing, and watches the journal files as you scan, looking for anything "interesting or unusual."

It pops up a message when it spots stuff like wide rings, shepherd moons...a whole list of such stuff that I would very possibly not notice.

Yesterday it popped up a message about a gas giant with a wide ring, and 3 shepherd moons (these are moons that orbit between or inside the ring(s)). So I went over to take a look at it.

There were 2 rings, one small and close to the planet, and one huge and quite a distance from the planet. And as expected there were 3 moons orbiting between the 2 rings. I landed on the 2 that were landable, to see if I could get a good view of the rings, but they were not visible from the surface.

However, there was a 4th moon orbiting just outside the wide ring, and it had biologicals on it, so I went there as well. From there I was able to get this very cool pic of the gas giant overhead, with it's huge rings. It's quite a sight to see! You can even pick out the 3 shepherd moons (just dots from here).

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While I'm speaking about tools, there are some plugins for Elite Observatory written by another CMDR (MattG) which I find useful. In particular the Bioinsights one keeps track while you're doing exobiology stuff, and lets you know when you've travelled far enough to do the next sample. It also keeps a running account of what you're scanning, what bios are likely to be present, how much they are worth, and stuff like that. Very nice.


Lastly, there's a little program called SRV Tracker. With this you can save surface locations, and use the tracker to go back to them easily. It's designed for racers to use, but it's very useful for exobiology as well. For example, if I'm out searching for samples of, say, a Fonticula, and I run across a Bacteria, I can't scan the Bacteria because my sample cannister is in use. But with SRV tracker I can mark the spot and come back to it once I've complete my Fonticula scans. It makes life a bit easier :)


Fun times :)
Excellent. I'll check these out once I'm done with opinion polls. Thanks!
 
Having been refused landing at the beseiged fish market, I ended up taking the scenic route to a more mainstream supplier. This turned out to be a very good idea, because I found an atmospheric, landable planet, with a respectable 6 biological signals and cool sunrises.

Ao Kicho A 4, just inside the edge of the bubble.

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Except, as I noticed on arrival at the surface, I didn't have an SRV. So postponing that, I headed off to finish my fishy delivery, pick up a vehicle bay and scarab, and return. (Side note, I went up to the Imperial rank of Count, but it doesn't give me anything new.)

I decided to start with the signal with least presence; what turned out to be a tiny bulbous plant in the depths of an annoying canyon. Fortunately this planet is a very comfortable 0.25g which makes for good driving conditions, and despite the dawn light not being able to get down there, I found my three samples. (Side note 2; what an annoying thing the triple samples is! Why not let us have multiple types at once?) There was also a pale looking bush which I snagged some from as well.

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After that, out of the shadow and into the light, where the green grass grows! As well as some heaps of bacterial sludge.

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At this point, I am 5/6 biologicals scanned. The wide pools of bacteria were hardest because they seem to have a rendering issue from the cockpit, often showing up as shadows rather than the proper model. I'm not sure I can be bothered looking for the last one, it's bound to show up somewhere else down the line.

Anyway, nice little detour for what would otherwise have been a day of mindlessly grinding imperial ranks. Nice to step out of the ship a bit, actually - haven't had a lot of reasons to do that, but I rather like exploring for biology on atmo planets and might make a note to get side tracked more often. In fact, I could do with a geological tour as well, because I've spent a lot of elemental materials of late. So I guess I'll be keeping my eyes out for some of that too 😸

Also, issued a little reminder to my ship that it doesn't get to tell me what to do.

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Having been refused landing at the beseiged fish market, I ended up taking the scenic route to a more mainstream supplier. This turned out to be a very good idea, because I found an atmospheric, landable planet, with a respectable 6 biological signals and cool sunrises.

Ao Kicho A 4, just inside the edge of the bubble.

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Except, as I noticed on arrival at the surface, I didn't have an SRV. So postponing that, I headed off to finish my fishy delivery, pick up a vehicle bay and scarab, and return. (Side note, I went up to the Imperial rank of Count, but it doesn't give me anything new.)

I decided to start with the signal with least presence; what turned out to be a tiny bulbous plant in the depths of an annoying canyon. Fortunately this planet is a very comfortable 0.25g which makes for good driving conditions, and despite the dawn light not being able to get down there, I found my three samples. (Side note 2; what an annoying thing the triple samples is! Why not let us have multiple types at once?) There was also a pale looking bush which I snagged some from as well.

unknown.png


After that, out of the shadow and into the light, where the green grass grows! As well as some heaps of bacterial sludge.

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At this point, I am 5/6 biologicals scanned. The wide pools of bacteria were hardest because they seem to have a rendering issue from the cockpit, often showing up as shadows rather than the proper model. I'm not sure I can be bothered looking for the last one, it's bound to show up somewhere else down the line.

Anyway, nice little detour for what would otherwise have been a day of mindlessly grinding imperial ranks. Nice to step out of the ship a bit, actually - haven't had a lot of reasons to do that, but I rather like exploring for biology on atmo planets and might make a note to get side tracked more often. In fact, I could do with a geological tour as well, because I've spent a lot of elemental materials of late. So I guess I'll be keeping my eyes out for some of that too 😸

Also, issued a little reminder to my ship that it doesn't get to tell me what to do.

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Great photo's!
 
I don't like leaving a job half done so after returning to space and identifying that tiny, tiny heatmap blob with these cacti in it... I found that 6th signal.

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I then spent a good hour crawling around the night side of this planet, finding more which were somehow not genetically diverse enough... eventually I got the 2nd sample, but finally gave up on the third. Until, literally as my ship was descending, I noticed the little highlights on the hillside behind it 😹

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Bingo, three samples obtained.

Probably not going to bother with signals that only show on night sides from here on. That was... a bit dull. Although I did fine a couple of outcrops with some common materials, plus one metallic meteorite with some very rare things in it, so there is some satisfaction in that. Still though, I'd rather have been on the day side of an interestingly geological planet that scrambling up 50 degree inclines in the dark 😹

Also, I need to get rid of that rifle. It looks stupid and I'm never going to fire it. Since I am apparently not allowed to unequip rifles, I guess I'll have to find the most dainty looking option.
 
dropping of medical supplies and guns to a hip 15415 -1. watch out for the ground has it is very quickly approaches you.:) slap on reverse thrust before i hit the base and scraped the terraformed, but it only ding my shields.
manage to get there and there was no commodities. Except 16 bio waste and 16 oxgie tanks for such a big base on a little planet. You would of fought that they would of been something worth while to pick up.

here the expression om my face when look at commodity market.:)
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and here a rainbow disc planet.

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Made me realise, I've no idea what ranks I've got on the Tanya Wu account.
Definitely got Elite exploration, from the ammonia world's CG, other than that... :unsure:
Turns out Fed/Imp is maxed out, Elite explo, nearly Elite in trade (due to CG). Combat not doing so well, due to having SLF pilot. Guardian useful stuff unlocked.
Looks like it's just the engineers to sort out as she's only got the basics unlocked.

Mining CG?
Yeh, Tanya don't like mining. :(
 
I decided to work on my Alt a bit. After doing the CG with her I had Frameshift drives on the brain.

Of course, she needs the 5A FSDs for both her DBX and Python (those are her two main ships), and the CG did not give me those.

So I did some mat gathering and bought a couple from the friendly local tech broker.

Her DBX now does 60LY, and that's without any Guardian booster. Maybe I'll go ahead and unlock that too, but 60 is pretty darn good as it is. Gets her around the bubble quickly enough.

Being face to face with Felicity was...different. lol. She's quite impressive up close, eh?

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I did that. Did I put one of them in the T9 that did the work? No I did not. Just put the smallest basic shield I could in the thing and try not to hit stuff.
The prismatic is for an Imperial Courier or perhaps a Vulture I might try for bounty hunting.

Job done, I'll have the shields in a week and already have sold the Type 9, I don't need it, it took me two rotatation, one jump each with full cargo (688 tons).
 
Sold my genomics data for ~2 mil, then immediately spent 3.5 mil at the suit guy because there was some kind of tier 3 rifle on the shelf. Never gonna fire it, but at least I know it's a fancy one.

On impulse, picked up a delivery mission, just a chance to step out of the ship again. Which was an error. "No pad large enough." I'm only in a python! Local orbital doesn't even have a shipyard. You know what? Abandoned. Abandoned because the game could at least do me the favour of putting up a big red warning when taking a mission that your current ship can't complete.

I imagine the information was on the screen somewhere - it needed properly highlighting, even to the point of a confirm dialog. Don't mess players around by not identifying easily detectible problem conditions.

Edit: could I have just landed rough nearby and SRV'd my way in?
 
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