Explorer trip #3 - Colonia-BEAGLE POINT
I've spent some time with engineering my brand new explorer Anaconda "Prometheus", and the time has come to set off on another one of these long explorer trips into the unknown (this will be my third one). The jumprange has been lifted to 51LY's, which will seriously increase the daily travel distances compared to my previous journeys.
On this expedition I've decided to go "all in", travel 65 000LY's across the galaxy to find "Beagle Point". I've wanted to do this ultimate journey for a long time and I'm ready to go. After visiting SagA* twice, earning my "Elite" explorer rank I think I have what it takes to cross the Abyss to the other side of the galaxy and returning safely back home from this 150 000 LY's roundtrip.
My journey started 10.09.3033 from my homebase, Jameson Memorial station in Shinrarta Dezhra, and my first main stop will be at Jaques Station in Colonia, visiting some refuel outposts on my way, before continuing deep into some really unknown territory. I am sure that this will be an adventurous trip and hopefully also a good diary with some nice screenshots that will trigger more commanders to explore the galaxy
Landed at refuel outpost #1, "Hillary Depot" after a good 2000LY's stage on the first day of the trip. It sure is nice to be back out in the black again!
Reached refuel outpost #2, "Amundsen Terminal" today after spending a few days on different planets collecting "jumponium" materials. I'm starting to get that exciting "deep space explorer" feeling again, 4500LY's from home.
A short visit to Trifid nebula on my way
Arrived at refuel outpost #3, "Eagles Landing" today and used some time in the SRV to refill some "jumponium" materials for later use.
Passed the "10 000LY's" mark today and traveled almost half the way to Colonia.
My first visit to "Sacaqawea Space port", refuel outpost #4 in the Skaudai nebula, approx. 12.000LY's from home
Finished collecting some rare "jumponium" materials
Landing on refuel outpost #5, "Gagarin Gate" for the night
Spent most of the day collecting rare materials, mainly "jumponium" for FSD boosting. I'm going to need a lot of this stuff!!
Black Holes are always a great view.
Ended the day landing on "Polo Harbour", the 6th and (so far) the last refuel outpost before reaching Colonia.
After "neutron boosting" almost 4800LY's today, passing the "20.000LYs" mark, I could finally see the beautiful colors of the Colonia Nebula.
Docking safely at Jacques Station. A visit to the bar for a few nightcaps and a good nights sleep before heading towards "The Abyss" tomorrow. The journey starts for real now as Jacques Station will be my last sign of civilization for a very long time, until I'm back home in the bubble. And from here everything will be new and exciting exploration of the unknown.
Left Colonia this morning and are heading further out into "the black" towards the Abyss. Discovered my first Earth Like World on this trip. A lot of boost jumping between neutron stars so I managed to travel 9400LY's on this stage! I also earned my badge and joined the "200.000LY Club" today!! Hooray!!
Goodness, greatness, great balls of fire what a journey this is!! Enjoying every single jump out here on my way to Beagle Point and are getting closer with just over 10 000LY's left to go and should be there in a few days. Until now I have boost-jumped and discovered hundreds of neutron star systems since leaving Colonia. I have also discovered some new systems with ELW's and FINALLY found my "own" Ammonia world today.
The systems density has been dramatically reduced out here, so I have to be more careful when planning my routes ahead. At the moment I am on the edge of the notorious "Abyss" and will probably start the crossing tomorrow. But with 51LY's jumprange and my cargo full of "jumponium" I should be ok. However, if I get in trouble I might have to ask the honorable CMDR Chiggy VonRictofen to do another Beagle Point rescue. What a great story!
Enough for today
Visiting some "EDSM points of interest" on my last stage to Beagle Point and took a short stop at "Thomaski's Memorial" to pay my respects.
Really starting to see now how far I actually have traveled from the bubble as the galaxy has become just a dim light far, far away.
Just passed the 60 000LY's mark from Sol and have used the last few days to fill up with jumponium materials. Traveling only 100LY's can easily become 4-5 jumps out here, so boosting the FSD can be very effective.
Finding metallic meteorites with Polonium, Yttrium and Niobium requires some patience, but very satisfactory and rewarding when you hit the "jackpot"
Just 4350LY's left to BP, but I'm in no hurry so I'm taking the time to visit some known POI's nearby. Took a trip to the "Grand Rings", a gas giant with a very close orbiting moon where I landed. And the view was just as spectacular as described! Really recommend visiting this place!
Discovered another Earth Like World today and also visited "Distant view in blue" POI, a planetary nebula, which has a nice and colorful view of the galaxy.
The system also has a black hole which created some very nice optical effects of the galaxy.
I'VE MADE IT!
Very surreal, but after 32 days and 72.112LY's I'm finally doing my last jump to BEAGLE POINT - my main destination for this journey.
Will stay here for a few days to relax and explore the surrounding systems before pointing my nose back home. Will also visit the "Semotus Beacon", which is currently the most distant reachable star system from Sol at 65,647.34 LYs.
I am now a proud member of the "65.000LY's from Sol Club"!! Yeeehaaa!!!
Visited "Podar", another POI. This system has a ringed Earth Like World and is one of only a few ELWs so far located in the outer rim
Nice view from the nearest moon of the ELW. This spot was also one of the rendez-vouz landing sites for the Sagittarius-Carina Mission.
After exploring Beagle Point for a few days it was time to move along. The next POI on my list was "Semotus Beacon" which is currently the most distant reachable star system from Sol. It takes some serious route planning to reach it, where jumponium and a descent jumprange is an absolute requirement to get there.
Landed on "Salomé's Reach" which is a moon (B 9 F) 134.000LS further out from the primary star, thus making it the most distant object an explorer can currently visit.
Safely landed on planet B 9 F, enjoying the most distant view of the galaxy!
Been relaxing here at the rim of the galaxy for a few days now and even if I could stay out here "forever", it's time to think about the long journey home.
Not having seen any signs of life since leaving Colonia, it was quite a surprise when I suddenly received a local message from another cmdr while cruising around Semotus Beacon. I quickly sensed that CMDR MarcoPolo didn't have any hostile intentions, but was just another (peaceful) explorer like myself. When meeting other commanders at 65 000LY's from home it's always nice to have a chat before going our separate ways. He told me he was on a very quick 48 hour (!!) trip to Beagle Point.
After leaving Semotus Beacon, I have now started on my return home. There are some really interesting POI's out here that I want to visit along the way, and the next one was "The Grill at the end of the road". This is a small area with some nice looking Magma Fumaroles. They were hard to spot from above so I had to use the exact known reference coordinates to locate them. But it was certainly worth it! Spended the night relaxing by the campfire enjoying the view of the galaxy!
While sitting back and enjoying my barbecued "space-marshmallows", another commander suddenly showed up in his Anaconda. WOW, this place is suddenly getting "crowdy"! I invited him to join me at the camp fire, but he was more of the silent type and kindly saluted and left a few minutes later. But still, nice to meet yet another commander this far from home.
Another POI on my list was a visit to "Baton's geyser", but the geyser's themselves were almost hidden in the dark at the time so I didn't get to see much.
A short visit to "The Treehouse" which is another well known, but hard to reach POI at 65.339.95 LY from Sol. My last POI for today was a stop at "The Northern Meridian". This system is 81,340 LYs from the southern marker, making it to be the most known 'northernly' reachable star from Sol. Nothing special to see in either of these systems, but more of a "been there, done that" factor due to the location!
It's been almost two weeks now since I left Beagle Point, and I'm slowly "eating" distance along the edge of the galaxy on my long journey back to the "civilization". On my way I was visiting "Permadesco Zoi" which is a planetary POI with three waterworlds. Shortly after that I discovered an even more spectacular system with one Earth Like world and three Water worlds!
This system was later reported to "The Galactic Mapping Project" and added as a new POI with the name of "Solitude Worlds".
A pretty spectacular sunset!
After traveling south along the Sagittarius Carina Arm for a while, I crossed the Tyros Ridge and have now reached the Scutum Centaurus arm. It has been one month since I left Beagle Point and two months since I started this journey, but still having 45.000LY's until I'm back home, this is by far the longest trip I've had. but still enjoying every single jump, exploring all these great places out here.
Another discovery of mine was also reported to the Galactic Mapping project. System contains an Ammonia world and three water worlds and was named "Restless Silence".
"FireShadow" is another known POI well worth visiting.
Today it is 70 days since I left the bubble, and I am now starting to see the beginning of the end of this wonderful trip. After traveling almost 140 000LY's so far, the last 20 000LY's home almost seems like a shortcut
Discovered a new system with two close orbiting ELW's. This system was later reported to "The Galactic Mapping Project" and added as a new POI with the name of "Gardens of the Galaxy"
Landed at "Hawkings Gap", an abandoned settlement site which is the first sign of civilization I've seen since leaving Colonia over two months ago.
Spent the night at "Gibbs's Bridge" POI before moving on. One of the planets in this system has a very close orbiting moon. As from the name, it is so close you could almost connect it with a bridge!
My next destination, "Morgans Rock" asteroid base was a real milestone, since this was my first docking since Colonia, 60 days and 140 000LY's ago. Luckily I still managed to squeeze the Prometheus through the letterbox and safely land on the platform
Safely docked at Morgans Rock. Will stay here for the night before continuing on my final leg back to the bubble. Only 4400LY's left until I'm home
After beeing away for 79 days and covering a total of 163 181LY's to Beagle Point and back, I could safely dock back home at "Jameson Memorial" station today. I've been away for so long this time that it once again felt kind of surrealistic doing the last jump and ending this extremely long and epic trip. It's been a fantastic adventure with some really great discoveries and awesome views. If you have any interest in exploring, I can really recommend a trip like this, but the main thing about a journey like this is to take your time. If you are in any kind of hurry you will not last very long out there!!
Some of my greatest personal achievements on this exploring tour was to discover these three systems (Solitude Worlds, Restless Silence and Gardens of the Galaxy) which has now been added as planetary POI's in the Galactic Mapping Project.
UNTIL NEXT TIME, FLY SAFE COMMANDERS!!