July 14, 3305
Distance from Kunti: 65,284.89ly
Distance from Colonia: 46,241.11ly
Distance to Beagle Point: 0.00ly
Two long, gruelling, lonely months...nearly a thousand hyperjumps...nearly 70,000 light years covered...and here we are, at long last! Beagle Point! What a feeling to drop into orbit of the star. No different from many of the others I’ve passed through on the way here, but all the same, to reach this landmark on the far side of the galaxy…
The Abyss ended up being somewhat anticlimatic. With my computer able to navigate a course through it, the danger of getting trapped never really manifested, the trouble instead being all the extra time and distance required to zigzag through the available stars rather than making a near-straight path. Still, there’s a certain pride and joy to be had in passing through the galaxy’s most remote and desolate region.
But still, here it is, one of the biggest milestones any serious explorer can reach...at least until we figure out intergalactic travel. The poor StarNova is star-scorched and creaking from the massive journey, but she’s held up immensely well, and I couldn’t be prouder of one of my oldest, most beloved ships. I think once I return home she can be stored away from a long rest, and probably a thorough maintenance inspection.
But if I’m honest, we’re not quite done yet. Oevasy SG-Y d0 is not too far away, currently the furthest known reachable system from Sol. I believe the StarNova has the jump range, with some material boosting, to make it out there...and I intend on trying. I’ve come all this way, what’s another thousand light years or so? I’m curious to see just how far the StarNova can get from Sol, and if I might just set some kind of record for the distance a Dolphin has gone from Earth. Unlikely, but I don’t know how to verify such a thing.
In any case, I’m happily parked and shutting down next to the tourist beacon out here. It’s been an amazing journey, and I’m so glad to have made it at long last. One last push to reach even further...then it will be time for the long trip back home.
CMDR AustralianChaos, signing off.