Getting well into my second month of exploration along this route:
If you get fed up with bugs or mundane missions in the Bubble, it's well worth heading out into the black. Taking your time, doing a sesh whenever you feel like it, with no stress, no time constraints or targets - just cruise and do what you like. I'm out here with Commander Hazardous Matt and another companion, and so far my undiscovered system count is at 134. Yes, that's 134 systems that will have my commander name on them - and an awful lot top-up for the bank, and I'm nowhere near the end of the journey yet.
First, we met up at the "bottom" of the galaxy (or top, depends which way you look at it!) and then headed towards the Lagoon Colonia Highway stop. From there we headed out towards the NGC/War & Peace Nebula. There were quite a few undiscovered systems along the way - but not much that was spectacular or particularly noteworthy - just regular systems, 65 undiscovered in all. When we got to NGC, I found that all of the systems from 20LY out had been discovered.
Whilst we sat there, wondering what to do next, I came up with the route in the picture above, and Matt was keen - so off we set. Since leaving NGC, almost every system I have come across has been undiscovered and there has been lots of nice screenshot material. Planets of all kinds of colours, werid huge gas giants and silvery, mirror-like rings, not to mention very spectacular looking nebula clouds.
Here are some screens from along the way. I'm only at stage 2 - and there are another 11 to go yet! Seey sometime around Christmas.... maybe! 😉
See these clouds on the galaxy map?:
Well, they are there in the galaxy, too:
Planets are often coloured based on the clouds around them - like this one:
A typical system, ripe for scanning and imprinting with my name:
...and in many cases, they are just a few light years from each other, all in a nice, tight cluster:
You can see the nebulae we are heading for - it's almost like joining the dots:
these are a couple of the nicer ringed bodies - the second one is actually a shining Brown (Tauri) star and was very spectacular in-game:
This is where we are now - was a little reluctant to enter this aggressive looking cloud - but no worries, apart from cutting out some of the light and actually obscuring some of the neighbouring stars, it's quite harmless:
All of this, not even half as far away as Colonia - so you don't have to go that far to find it, and find 'fame' in the form of your name spread across astronomical bodies in the galaxy.
Nice, good to see you're still out there and still at it. I haven't played it for a few weeks now. Been too busy doing the motion controlly Touch thing with Fallout and Skyrim etc.
I've been trying to do that, too, but so far been pretty disappointed. Gun Club is one which promised a lot but has been disappointing due to implementation. The basic concept is fun, though.
I also tried some of those virtual disco ones and they just left me laughing too much at the silly AI groovers to actually do anything!
Playing rFactor via VR desktop has been good fun, though.
Here's a couple more shots:
This is the nebula I'm heading for next - wish I could visit the two white ones, but they are outside the galaxy, so unreachable...
this is a smart looking ringed class II
Progress is very slow due to the amount of decent and undiscovered systems. I gave up counting at 157 systems.
Exploring in the Clipper is very different from what I've done in the past - the humongous fuel scoop means that I have refilled before I've finished the initial scan, so can either get straight on to the next jump or start detail scanning. It's like exploring in a limousine instead of a Beetle.
I find also the exploration can be very slow once you hit the properly unexplored parts of space, especially if like me you tend to try and scan everything that you can with in reason and don't just cherry pick the best paying objects.
When you've had enough of that, I could do with some one of your flying skills to teach me how to play IL2, because I'm terrible at it. Just taking off is hit and miss right now as trying to control the rudder on the plane in the training scenarios feels like mission impossible.
I'm currently approaching the third nebula cloud - and it's a pretty spectacular show. These are from the first 3 nebulae:
(note: you can right-click on the images and select to "View Image" to see a larger image than here in the post - just press 'back' to return to the post)
Looks just as dramatic on the galaxy map
Exited today on arrival in this undiscovered system:
I'm finding that all of the systems within a nebula cloud have already been discovered - but on the routes between them, virtually none have. It all depends on the jump range, and this is where using a slightly shorter jump range comes in really useful (39LY in our case) - because you land on the systems that others with the biggest jump they can get, haven't.