The journey back revealed little of interest to scan. 6 or so Earth Like Worlds, a handful of Water Worlds and Ammonia Planets along with the usual Terraformables.
After 233 jumps a welcome sight appear on my HUD:
One more jump and I was home. I had a strange sensor system malfunction as I approached Phoenix Harbour and was, initially, unable to land but eventually system was sorted and I touched down. Once in the hangar I had a look at my ship:
Time to cash in 64500Ly of exploration data. As ever the station computers were on a go slow and it took a while but in the end I made 253,985,406Cr on the trip which officially makes me a billionaire :-)
As always a huge thank you is well deserved by CMDR Space Cow Boy (aka CMDR Hagz) for planning this trip and let me come along. As always it was fun (even if we did the first part of the trip twice!). I think we have both had enough of exploration for a while, there is plenty in Centralis to do for our faction.
After our meeting at waypoint 10 we decided to head back to Centralis (and Phoenix Harbour) via Sagittarius A*. As you all know, this is a super massive black hole at the centre of our galaxy. We have both been there numerous times but its always nice to revisit. CMDR Space Cow Boy got there first and waited for me to catch up. Naturally we took some screenshots:
The place isn't what it used to be. Before you were lucky to find another CMDR there. Today there are passenger cruises, pirates and who knows what :-(
Here you can see an Orca/Beluga zipping by the black hole, presumably with its passengers looking out of the windows. I think the place was better in the old days.
Then it was time to head back home using independently plotted routes. Next stop Centralis and Phoenix Harbour.
The last leg of the journey was through on one of the most barren areas of space I have seen for a long time. There was little to see and even less to scan. The odd Water World and Ammonia World and plenty of "rocks" ... so good progress was made and we arrived at our destination much earlier than we had anticipated. To celebrate our arrival we decided to take some screenshots on the surface of one of the planets in the system
So here I am waiting for CMDR Space Cow Boy to arrive. As you can see the paintwork on my Asp Explorer is not looking at its best but, in strange way, I like this look. It is evidence of the 31500Ly the ship has travelled.
CMDR Space Cow Boy has landed (his Asp Explorer is the one with better looking paintwork on the left). Time to get the SRV's out an explore a bit.
After spending a while on the surface looking for and collecting materials we returned to our ships to plan our return trip to Colonia. We have plotted a route toward Sagittarius A*, the super massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. We have both been there many times before but it's always nice to revisit old haunts. From there we will head back to Colonia. Total round trip distance will be around 70,000Ly. Time to leave this icy planet ..
Here you can see where Waypoint 10 is in relation to Sagittarius A* and Colonia
CMDR Space Cow Boy, despite the demise of his HOTAS, caught up with me at Waypoint 8 and we immediately departed for Waypoint 9 (some 2900Ly away). Very soon it became apparent that there was very little to be seen or scanned. Jump after jump with just rocks to scan. I only found three things really worth scanning, a ringed water world
and then a 69.15EM Ammonia World
and a short while later a much smaller Ammonia World (3.91EM). The rest of the scans were some terraformables and gas giants. Arrived at Waypoint 9 (A Herbig Ae/Be system) which looks like this
We are planning to leave for our final waypoint on this outward leg tomorrow. Waypoint 10 is over 5000Ly (110+ jumps) away and, hopefully, will yield more interesting items to be scanned and catalogued.
I have reached Waypoint 8. I have to say this leg of the journey was only remarkable because how little there was to look at or scan. Hopefully the leg to Waypoint 9 will be better. In the meantime here is a screenshot of the Herbig Ae/Be system which can be found at Waypoint 8:
I am now parked up and waiting for CMDR Space Cow Boy (aka CMDR Hagz) to catch up. He has had HOTAS trouble, another Saitek/Logitech X56 system breaking. While he sorts out his control issues I am going to do some work on my alternative account (CMDR Psycho_Penguin).
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