Saturday, 29 April 2017

Wow! Its been a long time

What can I say? My last post was a little short of a year ago, and I didn't realise I had been away from Elite Dangerous for so long. We have had a few updates since then, them major one was 2.1, and then came 2.3 almost a year later. So quite a few more features which improves the game a lot.

The reason for such a long absence was real life stuff things taking over, playing Star Wars Galaxy again and even spending a little time on my XBox getting a new character up to 100 or so in the Skyrim Elder Scrolls. My disability was taking over and I needed easy stuff to get into. Enough about that though. I am back! For how long I have no idea, but I shall have to see how it goes.

So.... I upgraded and logged and yes, it was just how I left it, in deep deep space. The plane now is to head back to the bubble, cash in all my data, and upgrade my ship with some of the nice shiny Engineer gear; like an upgraded Frame Shift Drive, Weapons, Shields, etc and then decide where to go next.

Distance covered6004.7 Ly
Number of jumps237
Systems surveyed128
Systems undiscovered243

As you can see from the table above, I have made a lot of jumps before updating the blog. I should have read my spreadsheet a little better, before carrying on with this journey! Never mind, that will mean that should, but not promising, be few extra pictures to show off.

Before I post any more, I have decided to do a few live streams to Twitch: my twitch channel. The partial name Kitty comes from my nickname in the Elite Dangerous forums.  It wont be a regular stream, but I will post alerts in my Twitter feed, in case any of you wish to pop in and say hi. Don't forget to follow me!

A rather nice water world with lots of rock and ice rings.

When you think you have seen all the best places, and you come across a moon orbiting a heavy ringed volcanic body. I an still in awe of these types of systems.

A view from a pock marked potato!

Getting closer. The rings look quite fluffy, but made up of  hard rocks.

A neighbouring body.

On towards brighter objects in the void. It is usually the K, G, F and A class suns that produces the most interesting systems in my experience, so when plotting your routes, try to include as many as possible, even diverting a couple of jumps to take them in, You will know what you may come across.

Planets with visible atmospheres.

If this had been a terraformable, it would make an interesting place to live.

One of those rare ammonia worlds.

Looks like an earth type world, but sadly it is the wrong atmosphere type and far too dense.

Other interesting shots.

Does this remind you of anything?

I do love this incredible bodies.

Very atmospheric!

A ringed Gas giant supporting life - microbial most probably/

A selfie approaching the rings of another Gas Giant.

Sunrise on a very hot planet - preparing to land to get some materials for synthesis.

I will try to get some decent pictures of some interesting planets/moons  that I have landed on. I do land quite a bit these days and have a drive around looking for those super rare materials. I am not sure, but I think there is more chance of getting out here in the black than within the bubble. Perhaps it is because of the star types are more varied, but it is well worth checking each land-able moon for the materials now that this information is made available.

Is this a bug or could this really happen?

And finally... Here are some details of a body which I found. They just seem to be so fantastic that I am not sure if this is a bug or real. I would guess that metallic vapour would be heavy, but look at the atmospheric pressure?

Any comments? I would love to hear about them.

Well, now is the time to reset my spreadsheet for this post and start collecting some more images for the next post. There is a Formadine Event today, so it will be fun to see how it all turns out. Will Salomé end up getting killed and we loose the story line?

Thanks for reading, and have great time whatever you do!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

"God doesn't build in straight lines..."

An interesting quote from a film by Ridley Scott called Prometheus. This was went through my mind when I discovered the body shown below. In fact straight lines can be observed in nature, so the quote is a little misleading, but perhaps made an impact in the film; which I have enjoyed watching a few times now.

Very interesting lines and formations on this body.

Note that one of the volcanic (I assume) regions is almost the centre of a hexagon. This does make you wonder if this planet has been terra-formed or being used by Thargoids, which is a insect like race according to the Elite Novels. Sadly, this body had an atmosphere, so landing on it was not possible, but when this becomes available, this body is one that I will definitely come back to and make a landing.

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It was a kind of a holiday, about 7 days away up north from where I live. I was hoping to have done a little sea fishing off a sea wall, but the disabled access was so poor, you had to walk miles to get anywhere decent, and sadly for me, that simply isn't possible, I spent most of my time sitting in the car reading, catching up on some the Elite books on my Kindle. The stories were excellent, and the one about the Lave Revolution was well put together; a book that I simply couldn't put down.

The list of books that I read over this short time away were:

I still have yet to finish "And here the Wheel", but so far it has been a good read. There are other books for Elite Dangerous, but I wanted to catch up on the lore and see if I could make any sense to the mystery of the Formadine Rift. So far the solution, like many others, has eluded me.

Once I returned I decided I had to make some decisions. With Engineers coming out soon, space will become more dangerous and it would be prudent to take advantage of the new enhanced shields, weapons and jump drives, with a view to a return to exploration. To this end, and having a real interest in the area known as the Formadine Rift, I have decided to turn back on myself in a large loop and travel through the rift area whilst heading, in a roundabout way, back to the bubble.

Stats and Images

The week away has meant that the number of jumps and distance travelled is much reduced. I felt it better to update the blog, rather than wait another couple of weeks. It is now day 99 if you count in the days away.

Distance covered3850.5 Ly
Number of jumps139
Systems surveyed75
Systems undiscovered138

I haven't taken as many pictures as previous sessions. Mainly because they all seem so similar and familiar now, so finding bodies that really stand out is becoming increasingly difficult. Having said that, the textures of the following Gas Giants are quite colourful, and the storm systems on some of these are more intense.

A moon with a view

Ammonia Gas Giant with a few Ice Rings - soon to be good to mine.

Gorgeous colour palette

There is something about these blue gas giants that appeals to me.

Ragged Storms here.

The galaxy showing through the rings is a lovely effect.

More wonderful blues.

Really large storms brewing, and massive cloud systems

Planetary Bodies

I am slowly cataloguing all of the yellow bodies I have across, and will create a page showing them all in the near future. It seems that most of them have an atmosphere, complete with weather systems, but surprisingly they are all subtly different. I do wonder if the textures have been created procedurally.

These planets are the system's jewels.

First kind of body of this type with rings for me.

Another jewel in the system with a great lake of ?

A terra-formable water world with a heavy and dense cloudy atmosphere.

Despite being only 88 Ls from a sun, this body is very dark and foreboding.

Not all rings reflect the sun light like this. Quite astonishing.

More interesting ring patterns

Another one of those planets you wish you could land on.

One of the plainer bodies, but exudes beauty in its own form.
Well.... that completes this update. if you are a Rifter, then you may be interested in the following posts as I cross the rift looking for what everyone else is searching for. Will I find it? probably not, but I will have a good look around. Who know what I will stumble upon. It is a huge area of the galaxy.

This is not my own image. Created by one of the knowledgeable Rifters.

Watch this space!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Day 80ish.. A post before I leave on a short holiday...

First of all, a warm welcome to all of those who have visited from all over the world. I am now using Google Analytics and as it has been in operation for a little while now, I can see a list of the countries where you folks reside. I have to admit, I am very surprised and impressed.

This list is in no particular order.

UK, US, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Finland, Singapore, Italy, Norway, Belgium, China, Greece, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Australia, Brazil, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Russia, Sweden, Slovakia, Bermuda.

The other thing that has surprised me, is the length of time spent reading the blog and the fact that readers have explored the various posts and pages. So I guess I must be doing something right!

As for my short break, I will be leaving on Sunday and travelling up the East Coast of the UK and into Yorkshire. The weather doesn't look good, but that really wont worry me too much. I will taking a beanie, scarf, and gloves and some decent waterproofs. Sea Fishing will be the order of the day, assuming the wind is not blowing a hooley. I will be with a good friend, so it should be fun, If I catch anything, which is doubtful, I'll have my phone with me, so they may, just may, be some pictures!

Tripping Across the Galaxy

Distance covered8035.9 Ly
Number of jumps290
Systems surveyed138
Systems undiscovered291

My route has taken me into a dark area of the Galaxy. Most of the stars in the Fraufoo system are class Y, L and T, so scooping is out of the question. What I have had to do, is to manually select the route, skimming the area and dropping into systems that have had M class stars to restock on fuel. It is not a painful process, but does make it more time consuming. I wanted to do this, as I was not too sure what the system would look like and I needed to confirm my ideas.

Most of these systems only had a single sun, but what was odd, was that some of them had a rotational speed that was observable. Usually stars are pretty much static, but sometimes there are some that do rotate. Now that I have discovered how to use the NVidia utilities, I have been able to capture some of these rotations as video, so for the first time in this blog, I have moving pictures!

You may need to watch these in full screen mode.

Below is Class Y Dwarf that is rotating very noticeably. Not much light being produced here, so the video is quite dark. If these videos are enhanced using the YouTube utilities, it totally breaks the colours!

Here is another Class Y, but this star is much hotter. This is a longer video, around 5 minutes, but if you stay and watch it closely, you will discover that it has white spots, rather than black spots. I am not sure if this is a buggy lighting effect, but interesting non the less. The fact that they travel across the surface, makes me believe that this is an intended feature of the star rather than an artefact. This star also produces CMEs which can also be seen both forming and decaying.

The last video is another class T which is rotation very fast. It does make me wonder if it was physically possible, but of course it is; this is slow in comparison to some pulsars.

1206 System Visited

Now that I have been through over 1200 systems, I do have to wonder what else there is to show, that hasn't been shown before. Each time I start a new session, I cross my fingers in the hope that something stunning or odd will appear. This ringed ammonia gas giant, had a great moon in a close orbit with some stunning colours that were just screaming to be investigated. The pale sky blue rifts really caught my eye.

One of the very few selfies.

These ravines were very deep but had shallow sides, or I would have got stuck!

This session has produced two firsts for me. The first first, as it were, is a High Metal Content World, with a CO2 atmosphere and Pristine Rings. Sadly, it was not terraformable.

High Metal Content World - Pristine Rings

The other first was this ringed water world which also had a tiny moon 

Ringed Water world plus a tiny moon.

Interesting ring formation.

More Gas Giants

My last post featured a number of gas giants, so adding to that cluster of eye candy, here are a few more that caught my eye.

Other Bodies of Interest

Earth World twinned with High Metal Content World... if twinned is the right term.

Ammonia World

Pretty, pretty

This has a rather violent history

The moon that made me feel homesick.

Which direction to head for?

I have been keeping a close interest on the thread in the ED Forums regarding the Formadine Rift. Those of you that are also following this thread may have seen my few comments, but nothing substantial of course. Whilst being way for a while, I have decided to take of copy Reclamation to read up on the Lore of this mystery.

As I am currently in the vicinity, (around 2k Ly away), I am wondering whether I should veer towards the Rift and do a little exploration around it, and see what can be found. With 2.1 on it's way it may be prudent to remain a little closer to SOL, especially as the Engineers looks highly promising. This will not mean the end of exploration though.

As I am quite defenceless in my Asp and with rumours of Exploration becoming more dangerous, I am seriously considering changing my ship to something a little more substantial. Time will tell, and after my break, I may feel entirely different! Who knows what the future will bring?

Interesting times ahead, to be sure!

A quick update - missed out an awesome planet!