Exploration is such a love:hate relationship. I hate the grind of jump, honk, scan and often enough I leave off the scan part when my eyes get red staring into the FSS scanner. But I love those moments where something really impressive is seen and you get excited again for a time. I am about halfway to Sag A now and already a few things really stand out. Star density is just incredible. Even more-so than Colonia. Here you really feel that despite all the wonders, it's next to impossible that anyone else will ever see what you saw. Taking the route I have which started in a nebula 1500LY from Colonia, I have not stumbled onto a single system explored previously. Everything I'm seeing, it's the first time it's ever been seen.
While I am working towards a destination and thus not not fully exploring most systems I do try to stop every 4th or 5th jump and get detailed. Scanning all but the mostly worthless snowballs and stones orbiting gas giants. I always scan and map any earth-like or water-worlds I find however as long as the distance is reasonable. I've run into a few treats in those systems I've scanned more fully.
Anemones on a ringed HMC orbiting a close binary pair.
Massive Ice cap on a water world.
Personal favorite - A ringed water world
Signing out for now
CMDR R. Cramer